EASTAUGHFFE: I Person of interest denies all
AN estimated 5000 Australians will be diagnosed with head or neck cancer this year, prompting a push to raise awareness of the signs and symptoms.
Cancer Council Australia is also encouraging teens to get the human papilloma virus vaccination, as HPV- related head and neck cancers reach near epidemic levels.
A recent US study warned the number of cancers related to HPV had increased by 17 per cent. In Australia, it’s estimated around 480 throat and mouth cancers each year are caused by HPV.
“HPV is what causes cervical cancer, but many Australians may not be aware that it can also cause head and neck cancers. This is another reason for teenage boys and girls to get vaccinated when they are offered it through our national immunisation program,” said Professor Sanchia Aranda, Cancer Council Australia CEO. “I HAVE nothing, no knowledge, nothing I can say.”
Those words, spoken by John Eastaughffe, rang through the courtroom on day four of the inquest yesterday into the disappearance of hitchhiker Tony Jones following a marathon session on the stand.
It was revealed in the inquest that Mr Eastaughffe was first questioned by police in 2014 before taking part in two Crime and Corruption Commission inquiries into the Jones disappearance before his full day grilling yesterday.
Mr Eastaughffe was bombarded with questions from everything on his movements in November 1982 through to former girlfriends and pizza shops he frequented in high school.
Although it was an incident that ruined his friendship with Kevin Wright, the other “person of interest” in the case, that was a key part of evidence on day four.
Mr Eastaughffe told the inquest of an incident when he first became aware of the allegations that he had been involved in the killing of a person.
He said he had been drinking with Mr Wright on his patio in 2012 when he was questioned about his involvement in a killing by Geraldine Lamont- Stanfield.
“I was sitting on his ( Kevin Wright’s) back patio having drinks … it was some time in the evening, after dark and we had been drinking,” Mr Eastaughffe said.