EASTAUGHFFE: I Per­son of in­ter­est de­nies all

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS - CHRIS MCMA­HON chris. mcma­hon@ news. com. au

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.

COURT GRILLING: John Eastaughffe af­ter be­ing ques­tioned over the dis­ap­pear­ance of Tony Jones ( inset). Pic­ture: SCOTT RAD­FORD- CHISHOLM

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