Antonio’s killer could be charged
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