Wit­ness could shed no light on mys­tery

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

THE man at the cen­tre of ev­i­dence given at this week’s in­quest into the dis­ap­pear­ance of Tony Jones has de­nied any in­volve­ment in the al­most 35year- old mys­tery.

Kevin Wright was com­pelled to give ev­i­dence af­ter his failed ap­pli­ca­tion to avoid the pro­ceed­ings in the Supreme Court last year.

In what was a short sit­ting yes­ter­day morn­ing, Mr Wright con­tin­u­ally de­nied hav­ing any con­ver­sa­tions in which he spoke of killing a man or dis­pos­ing of a man’s body.

Coun­sel as­sist­ing the Coro­ner Stephanie Wil­liams read the ev­i­dence given by for­mer part­ners Natalie Parker and Geral­dine La­mont- Stan­field and for­mer friend Melissa Bell, in which they had told pre­vi­ous hear­ings Mr Wright had been in­volved in killing some­one or dis­pos­ing of a body.

He de­nied all of the ac­cu­sa­tions, say­ing he had never told any­one those things and claimed his for­mer part­ners had con­cocted the sto­ries af­ter bit­ter breakups.

“Be­tween her ( Ms Bell) and Natalie, at the end of the day, I’ve al­ways said it, I reckon Natalie has re­layed this story to Melissa and some­how, them be­ing the best of mates, yeah, Natalie got her back up,” Mr Wright said.

“I’m not say­ing con­spir­ing, but I’m say­ing, in my opin­ion I think Natalie has re­layed this story ( about the killing of a per­son) that you’ve just put to me that I was sup­posed to make them ac­cu­sa­tions to Natalie, that she has re­layed this to Mel Bell.

“I know that my re­la­tion­ships, with two women, not with Melissa Bell, but with Natalie Parker and Ger­rie La­mont- Stan­field, at the end of the day it was nowhere near a nice breakup in ei­ther, and it was very sav­age.”

Mr Wright told the in­quest he had fallen out with John Eas­taughffe, the other per­son of in­ter­est in the dis­ap­pear­ance of Jones, over a girl, not over an in­ci­dent on his back pa­tio where Ms La­mont- Stan­field asked Mr Eas­taughffe if he had killed some­one or had an in­ci­dent at work.

He was also shown pic­tures of Jones, with and with­out a beard, and told the in­quest he had never seen the man or the pho­tos be­fore.

Out­side of the in­quest, Jones’s brother Mark said the fam­ily felt they were close to hav­ing all the in­for­ma­tion avail­able to fin­ish the in­quest.

Brother Brian Jones said they would await the Coro­ner’s rul­ing but they had their opin­ion about what hap­pened.

“We’ve heard a lot of the testimony of wit­nesses last year and here as well, so now you weigh up who’s telling the truth, and af­ter to­day’s pa­thetic ef­fort we have a good idea who’s telling the truth and who’s telling the lies,” Mr Jones said.

“We have our opin­ion on that and now it will be up to the Coro­ner to make his rul­ing.”

AP­PEAR­ANCE: Kevin Wright leaves the Supreme Court yes­ter­day af­ter giv­ing ev­i­dence at the in­quest into the dis­ap­pear­ance of Tony Jones ( in­set). Pic­ture: WES­LEY MONTS

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