The Northern Territory news Sat 12 Dec 2009
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www.ntnews.com.au Northern Territory News, Saturday, December 12, 2009 23 P U B : NTNE-WS-DA-TE:12-DGE:23 CO-LO-R: C-M Y-K e r2 4 0 6 2 4 in court PURE LIVES: Karen and Gary Stilwell at Garys 10th birthday eight days after Lindas disappearance in 1968 LOST FOREVER: Derek Percy has also been linked with the disappearance of the Beaumont children Jane, Arnna and Grant from Glenelg Beach, South Australia, in 1966 FACEOFWICKEDNESS:Derek Percy pictured in 1970, aged 21, reenacting for police the murder of Yvonne Tuohy When Mr Anderson asked Percy if he murdered LindaStilwell, he replied: I dont remember, he told the court. When he asked Percy if he killed the Beaumonts, Percy replied: I could have killed them, I dont remember a thing The last person to see Linda alive noticed a man with a skeletal face sitting on a bench near where the little girl was rolling down a grassy slope at St Kilda. Percys record of bizarre behaviour has been recounted during the inquest, including the time as a schoolboy in Mt Beauty he was seen standing in a river dressed in womens clothing waving a knife around while defecating. Ronald Anderson was a schoolmate of Percys at Mt Beauty, in Victorias northeast. That friendship was called upon in 1969, when fresh out of police training, Anderson went to the City Watchhouse in Russell St to try to squeeze information out of Percy about the Tuohy murder. Mr Anderson, now retired, recounted his conversation with Percy to the inquest this week. When Mr Anderson asked Percy if he murdered Linda Stilwell, he replied: I dont remember, he told the court. When he asked Percy if he killed the Beaumonts, Percy replied: I could have killed them, I dont remember a thing. Mr Anderson also said he hadnt dug further because, although he knew of the Beaumonts and the Tuohy murder, he wasnt familiar with the details. Edith Jamieson, a mother of three who saw Linda rolling down the grassy slope on that August day in 1968, told Mr West that she had feared for the girls life. She had seen a man, who she later identified as Percy, sitting on a bench nearby. It troubled me but I had enough troubles of my own and he wasnt doing anything untoward, Mrs Jamieson said. However, the thought crossed her mind that Linda was in great danger. Linda was never seen again. At the inquest, the Stilwells lawyer Elizabeth McKinnon said the family had waited 40 years for this moment. She said that when Detective Wayne Newman phoned Mrs Stilwell in 2004 to say he was looking into the case, she broke down and cried. She started crying because she felt there was someone who was sincerely interested in her daughter, Ms McKinnon said. What was meant to be a twoweek cold case investigation turned into five years after Sgt Newman found evidence incriminating Percy. Ms McKinnon has called on Percy to come clean on his monstrous crimes, to admit he snatched and murdered Linda Stilwell. He knows where Linda is and knows where he left her dead, she said. We want Derek Percy to do the right thing and tell us so not only can the family move on but he can move on in his troubled, troubled life. The family is hoping that under the certificate of indemnity law passed only five weeks ago in which evidence in an inquest cannot be used to incriminate a person, Percy will make a confession.
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