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Matthew Leveson's disappearance: key dates

AAP logoAAP 11/11/2016

Key dates in the disappearance and suspected death of Matthew Leveson

23 September 2007: Matthew Leveson last seen leaving ARQ nightclub in Darlinghurst about 2am with his partner Michael Atkins.

Mr Atkins seen on CCTV footage buying a garden mattock and gaffer tape from a hardware shop around 12pm.

25 September 2007: Matthew reported missing after he failed to turn up for work.

27 September 2007: Mr Atkins' home and car searched by police, and he was questioned by officers.

Matthew's car found at Waratah Oval in Sutherland.

5 August 2008: Mr Atkins arrested for Matthew's murder.

15 August 2008: A coronial inquest into Matthew's disappearance suspended in light of the charge.

21 August 2009: Mr Atkins stood trial for Matthew's murder. He did not give evidence.

20 October 2009: Mr Atkins acquitted of murder and manslaughter by a majority verdict.

28 February 2012: A $100,000 reward announced for information leading to the discovery of Matthew's body.

7 December 2015: A coronial inquest into Matthew's suspected murder is relaunched.

20 May 2016: Mr Atkins ordered to give evidence at the inquest and granted immunity from criminal prosecution.

5 September 2016: Mr Atkins launches unsuccessful Supreme Court bid to stop the inquest and avoid giving evidence.

31 October 2016: Mr Atkins begins giving evidence at the NSW Coroner's Court in Glebe.

10 November 2016: Police launch a search in the Royal National Park, south of Sydney, in connection with the investigation.

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