Former lead detective in Tyrrell probe denies charging Bill Spedding to pressure him during investigation
Posted On May 3, 2022
The former lead detective on the William Tyrrell disappearance case has strongly denied any suggestion that charges against Bill Spedding were part of a police plan to pressure him.
The washing machine repairman is suing the state for malicious prosecution, wrongful imprisonment, misfeasance in public office and collateral abuse of process.
Mr Spedding was arrested in 2015 for unrelated child sex offences from 28 years earlier, which were thrown out at trial.
He was also cleared of any involvement in the disappearance of William, who vanished from a house on the NSW Mid-North Coast in 2014.
Mr Spedding claims police, including former lead detective Gary Jubelin, brought the historic allegations against him because they believed he had abducted the toddler.
Today, Mr Jubelin fronted the NSW Supreme Court to explain the investigation.
“When you became supervising investigator, you set out to inculpate the plaintiff, would you agree with that?” Mr Spedding’s barrister Adrian Canceri asked Mr Jubelin.
“No, I wouldn’t,” Mr Jubelin responded.
The judge also asked Mr Jubelin what he would say if it was suggested the proceedings against Mr Spedding had been “instituted to put extra pressure on him” over the Tyrrell investigation.
“Strongly deny it,” Mr Jubelin replied.