TIME FOR THE TRUTH

Tony Jones’ fam­ily has been wait­ing 35 years to know what hap­pened to him

Townsville Bulletin - - FRONT PAGE - CHRIS McMA­HON

FOR the first time since Tony Jones went miss­ing al­most 35 years ago, his fam­ily will fi­nally hear from two per­sons of in­ter­est in the cold case.

John Eastaughffe and Kevin Wright will give ev­i­dence to an in­quest into Mr Jones’ dis­ap­pear­ance over the next two days.

The pair were com­pelled to give ev­i­dence dur­ing hear­ings last year, but the in­quest was ad­journed un­til this week fol­low­ing an un­suc­cess­ful Supreme Court chal­lenge. Tony Jones’ brother Mark Jones last night told the Bul­letin it was time for the truth to come out.

“That’s what the wait has been for … they can put it off no longer, it’s time for ev­ery­one to tell their sto­ries,” he said. “We just need the truth and we need to hear a story that adds up be­cause, so far, not too many of the sto­ries we have re­ceived add up.”

Mr Eastaughffe is due to give ev­i­dence through­out to­day, with Mr Wright to give ev­i­dence to­mor­row.

FOR the first time since Tony Jones went miss­ing al­most 35 years ago, his fam­ily is set to fi­nally hear from two per­sons of in­ter­est in the cold case.

John Eastaughffe and Kevin Wright will give ev­i­dence to an in­quest into Mr Jones’ dis­ap­pear­ance over the next two days.

The pair were com­pelled to give ev­i­dence dur­ing hear­ings last Septem­ber, but the in­quest was ad­journed un­til this week fol­low­ing an un­suc­cess­ful Supreme Court chal­lenge from Mr Wright.

Mr Eastaughffe was ini­tially sched­uled to give ev­i­dence yes­ter­day but coun­sel rep­re­sent­ing the Jones fam­ily asked that they be given more time to pre­pare ques­tions for the cross ex­am­i­na­tion.

Bar­ris­ter Wayne Pen­nell said the fam­ily had been wait­ing 35 years for an­swers and asked that Mr Eastaughffe give ev­i­dence to­mor­row.

Coro­ner Terry Ryan de­nied the re­quest, in­stead giv­ing them yes­ter­day af­ter­noon to pre­pare, with Mr Eastaughffe to give ev­i­dence through­out to­day.

Mr Wright will give ev­i­dence to­mor­row.

Out­side the in­quest, Tony Jones’ brother Mark Jones told the Bul­letin it was time for the truth to come out.

“That’s what the wait has been for … they can put it off no longer. It’s time for ev­ery­one to tell their sto­ries,” he said.

“We just need the truth and we need to hear a story that adds up be­cause, so far, not too many of the sto­ries we have re­ceived add up.

“Hav­ing come this far, we will do what we need to do to fin­ish it off. My dad is still alive, he’s 93. There’s no guar­an­tee we are go­ing to give him any real an­swers be­fore he goes but that’s what we’re here to at­tempt to do.”

Tony Jones, 20, disap- peared on or around Novem­ber 3, 1982 af­ter mak­ing a phone call that day from Townsville to fam­ily in West­ern Aus­tralia, in­di­cat­ing he would hitch­hike to meet his brother in Mount Isa. Dur­ing in­quest hear­ings last year, two of Mr Wright’s for­mer partners, Natalie Parker and Geral­dine La­mont-Stanfield, said they were told about an al­leged killing. Ms Parker told the in­quest Mr Wright had once come home af­ter drink­ing and spo­ken of a fight with “Johnny”, where an­other man was knocked out.

Ms Parker claimed Mr Wright told her the men put the man’s body in the back of a ve­hi­cle and drove to get help to dis­pose of him.

Mr Wright’s sis­ter Jacqueline Ber­ry­man and niece Jessieanne Ber­ry­man gave ev­i­dence to the in­quest yes­ter­day. They both said they were shocked by the claims made about him.

“We’re shocked as a fam­ily, we’re com­pletely shocked … this is my fam­ily that I grew up in. I’ve never, ever heard of any­thing like this,” Jacqueline Ber­ry­man said.

“We don’t talk about it, we don’t want to talk about it … this never hap­pened.

“I told him ( Mr Wright) I’d been called ( to give ev­i­dence), he said ‘ you tell the truth, you have noth­ing to worry about’.”

Main Pic­ture: WESLEY MONTS

BREAK­THROUGH: John Eastaughffe out­side the in­quest yes­ter­day; ( inset left) Kevin Wright and ( inset right) Tony Jones.

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