Revealed: Man Questioned Over William Tyrrell Breached Restraining Order

Exclusive: A neighbour questioned by detectives over William Tyrrell's disappearance was accused of stalking a woman in the months before the toddler vanished.

10 News First can exclusively reveal Paul Savage was the subject of a restraining order protecting a local postal worker who delivered his mail, amid claims he was harassing her.

The woman, in her late 40s at the time, went to police in April 2013 claiming his “strange” behaviour towards her had escalated and she feared for her safety.

She claimed to police that Savage had formed an obsession with her, making repeated unwanted romantic gestures including blowing kisses in her direction.

She also claimed he knew personal details about her which she had never disclosed to him.

Witness Paul Savage arrives to the inquest into the disappearance of William Tyrrell at Taree Local Court in Taree, NSW, on August 22. Photo: AAP

The woman was granted a personal violence order in April 2013, which prevented him from approaching or contacting her, forcing he and his late wife Heather to collect their mail from the local post office instead of having it delivered.

Despite the order, Savage then approached her while she delivered mail to a neighbour’s address in February 2014. She called police, who arrested and charged Savage with breaching the order.

The woman has since left her job at the Kendall Post Office and moved to another town.

When approached by 10 News First, Savage claimed it was all a “misunderstanding”, and denied stalking or harassing the woman.

The 75-year-old has been extensively questioned by detectives investigating William Tyrrell’s disappearance, and gave evidence at the coronial inquest last month.

William Tyrrell, minutes before he disappeared in 2014. Photo: AAP

It’s believed he has previously been questioned by the strike force about his history with police, including the alleged stalking, but he was not questioned about the incidents in open court.

Savage has always denied any knowledge about what happened to Tyrrell.

He was questioned extensively by former Homicide detective Gary Jubelin when he led the Tyrrell investigation.

Jubelin has since been charged with illegally recording conversations with Savage, but he claims he was just doing his job.

“These charges relate to me carrying out my duties investigating the disappearance of William Tyrrell,” he said outside court.

Jubelin has vowed to fight the charges and is set to face court later this month. If his case goes to trial, Savage could be called to testify.