An­to­nio’s killer could be charged

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THE par­ents of Bowen school­girl Rachel An­to­nio want Robert Hytch to re­veal where he hid her body af­ter the Supreme Court found a coro­ner was right in find­ing there was con­vinc­ing ev­i­dence he killed her.

The court yes­ter­day ruled a coro­ner was cor­rect in de­ter­min­ing Hytch was the killer and that he had lied about be­ing in a re­la­tion­ship with her.

Rachel, 15, van­ished on An­zac Day, 1998. Hytch was found guilty of man­slaugh­ter. But the con­vic­tion was over­turned and a new trial or­dered. A sec­ond jury ac­quit­ted him. He has al­ways de­nied any in­volve­ment in Rachel’s dis­ap­pear­ance.

At an in­quest, held in 2014 and 2015, Coro­ner David O’Con­nell was able to con­sider a diary and let­ters in which Rachel de­tailed the re­la­tion­ship.

Mr O’Con­nell found Hytch killed Rachel in a con­fronta­tion, with the teen hav­ing planned to con­fess about a preg­nancy ruse. Hytch ap­pealed the find­ings via a ju­di­cial re­view but the Supreme Court yes­ter­day dis­missed his ap­pli­ca­tion.

The decision means the Di­rec­tor of Pub­lic Pros­e­cu­tions can con­sider lay­ing a per­jury charge against Hytch, as rec­om­mended by the coro­ner.

Ch­eryl An­to­nio said she wanted to see Hytch charged.

“What I’d re­ally like is for him to let us know where she is,” she said. KATE KYRIACOU

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