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Axed top cop expected to be grilled at the William Tyrrell inquest over his 'intense interest' in washing machine repairman Bill Spedding

Daily Mail logo Daily Mail 28/06/2019 Hannah Moore For Daily Mail Australia

a man wearing a suit and tie: Detective Chief Inspector Gary Jubelin (pictured), 57, will appear as a witness at the inquest into the disappearance of William Tyrrell © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Detective Chief Inspector Gary Jubelin (pictured), 57, will appear as a witness at the inquest into the disappearance of William Tyrrell The former lead detective in the William Tyrrell case is expected to be grilled at the missing boy's inquest about why he focused so closely on certain persons of interest.

Former homicide detective Gary Jubelin, 57, will face questioning about his methods of investigating the little boy's disappearance, with special focus on his interest in William Spedding, The Australian reported.

Lawyer Peter O’Brien is expected to ask why Mr Jubelin focused so closely on washing repairman Mr Spedding, ahead of other possible leads.

Mr Spedding had visited William's grandmother's home in the days before the boy disappeared. 

a little boy sitting on a table: Mr Jubelin will face questions from legal representatives of former suspects, including washing machine repairman Bill Spedding, who had been at the property in Kendall where William (pictured) disappeared days earlier © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Mr Jubelin will face questions from legal representatives of former suspects, including washing machine repairman Bill Spedding, who had been at the property in Kendall where William (pictured) disappeared days earlier

Mr Spedding was arrested by Mr Jubelin during the investigation into the four-year-old’s disappearance and charged with historical sex crimes – all which were later dismissed or dropped.

Mr Spedding denies any involvement in the disappearance of William, and is reportedly considering suing for malicious prosecution.

William disappeared from his foster grandmother’s home in Kendall in September 2014. He has never been found, or been confirmed to be dead or alive.

The lengthy investigation has been the cause of rising tensions between detectives, who reportedly had a physical confrontation about the allocation of resources earlier this year.

a man standing next to a woman: Mr Spedding (pictured) was arrested by Mr Jubelin during the investigation into the four-year-old’s death and charged with historical sex crimes – all which were dismissed or dropped © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Mr Spedding (pictured) was arrested by Mr Jubelin during the investigation into the four-year-old’s death and charged with historical sex crimes – all which were dismissed or dropped

Insp Jubelin's cases 

Bowraville murders: Three Aboriginal people were killed in 1990 and 1991 in Bowraville New South Wales. The prime suspect, a local labourer, was charged and tried twice - in 1994 and 2006 - but was acquitted both times.

Terry Falconer: Sydney drug dealer murdered by Anthony Perish in 2001.

Mathew Leveson: The 20-year-old was last seen leaving a Sydney nightclub on 23 September 2007.

His car was found but his body was not. In August 2008, Leveson's boyfriend, Michael Atkins, was acquitted of manslaughter.

Michelle Leng: Assaulted and murdered by her uncle, Derek Barrett, in western Sydney in 2016. 

Mr Jubelin was taken off the case in March after he was accused of secretly recording a suspect without permission or a warrant.

He was also accused of bullying staff - but he has strongly denied any wrongdoing.

Jubelin was last Friday charged with four offences under the Surveillance Devices Act.

NSW Police said professional standards began investigating the 57-year-old's conduct in 2018 following a number of complaints.

'Those inquiries disclosed a number of recordings allegedly made at locations in Parramatta and Kendall in NSW,' a police statement said. 

A statement issued by Jubelin's lawyer Margaret Cunneen SC said it was understood the charges related to 'recordings made during the execution of Inspector Jubelin's duties'.

'Detective Inspector Jubelin denies any wrongdoing whatsoever and will strongly defend the charges against him,' she said.


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