A coronial inquest into lacking Belgian backpacker Theo Hayez has read there are a selection of inquiries which “maintain the essential” to the 18-12 months-old’s disappearance.
- The inquest has listened to the way in which Theo was ejected from the nightclub brought about his family members concern
- Counsel Assisting the Coroner reported Theo was ejected on his individual, devoid of any possibility to tell his close friends
- Theo has been described as a “loved ones man” who was shut to his mothers and fathers
The young traveller was previous observed leaving Byron Bay nightclub Cheeky Monkey’s on Might 31, 2019.
Facts from his cellular phone confirmed he searched directions again to his hostel in the vicinity of Belongil Beach, but walked in the opposite course in direction of Tallow Seashore, around the Cape Byron Lighthouse.
In her opening statement Kirsten Edwards, Counsel Aiding the Coroner, explained the important questions ended up whether or not he was on your own and lost and died by misadventure making an attempt to get back again to his hostel, or regardless of whether he went to Tallow Seashore for a purpose.
She requested if Theo deliberately went to Tallow Seashore, why would he do that? Was he by itself, with anyone else, or did he come across anyone after getting kicked out of the nightclub?
Ms Edwards mentioned the data from Theo’s Google account, which was accessed by his family members, had been “transformative” in the investigation and furnished important proof about his movements and steps soon after he still left Cheeky Monkey’s.
She claimed Counsel Helping had not been profitable in accessing info from his phone as a result of multi-national companies these kinds of as Snapchat and WhatsApp that could keep critical information.
Why did Theo walk to Tallow Seaside?
Ms Edwards explained there was a large amount of evidence to suggest he was a capable navigator, and it would have been effortless for him to get again to the WakeUp Hostel, in which he was staying.
She claimed there was absolutely nothing on his Google action to demonstrate he searched for Tallow Beach front or the lighthouse, which was a preferred vacationer place for backpackers.
Telephone data exposed he stopped at the cricket nets on Tennyson Avenue for seven minutes.
The inquest heard the cricket nets were being at times a hangout for people who choose drugs.
He then took a route together the Milne monitor by means of bushland — which is not intuitive or signal-posted and would have been incredibly dark.
Ms Edwards stated the “complexity of the route” led to just one of the theories that somebody will have to have specified him directions or been with him.
She explained Google had been questioned if everyone else had searched the Milne keep track of that night time, but it was unwilling to release info from other buyers.
Belgian authorities have been capable to use a strategy identified as geo-fencing to verify for other cell phones in the region and discovered none.
But the finer information of their research, this sort of as whether or not the geo-fencing is minimal to specific sorts of telephones, can’t be shared without the need of a legal guidance treaty that the Coroners Court are not able to activate.
“It’s an unacceptable situation that we are unable to get obtain to what could be essential details about what was taking place that evening,” Ms Edwards stated.
Why did Theo convert off his phone’s GPS support?
The inquest listened to Theo travelled down the secluded Milne monitor, turning into even far more isolated bushland, right before creating his way together sand dunes to Cosy Corner at the northern stop of Tallow Beach front.
Ms Edwards he turned off his phone’s GPS, about midnight, perhaps to preserve battery.
Shortly later on, he was obtaining a “light-weight exchange” with a good friend in French by way of Facebook Messenger and looking at a clip of a French display he liked, indicating he had possession of his mobile phone and felt harmless.
“His cell phone stopped obtaining data at this time from the Telstra towers, both due to the fact if was out of selection or blocked from array or it was switched off or set into flight mode.
“At 6.17am the phone commenced obtaining knowledge again. What this signifies is the mobile phone at minimum failed to go into the water.”
Slipped and fell theory
Ms Edwards said the working law enforcement theory was that he may have determined to wander up the grassy facet of the Cape Byron cliff, toward the lighthouse.
She said that location of the cliff was “incredibly unsafe” regardless of searching “deceptively easy” during the day and “several poor factors have took place to persons who have experimented with to do it”.
Ms Edwards famous it was a concept the family found tricky to accept, offered he was not a possibility-taker and there would have been no noticeable observe.
“It’s naturally dark and it really is unsafe and Theo’s household truly feel that it is absolutely inconsistent with the person they know that he would do a little something like that.”
She stated if he had shed his phone and fallen off trying to locate it, it would be attainable for his system to be washed away without any proof.
The court listened to there experienced been two beforehand noted circumstances of that occurring at Cosy Corner.
Previously today Theo’s father Laurent Hayez reported he would like the NSW governing administration to issue a reward for details about his son’s disappearance.
The inquest read the fashion in which Theo was ejected from the nightclub caused his spouse and children problem.
“Theo’s ejection on his possess, and devoid of any probability to inform his mates, has brought about his loved ones an great amount of money of distress,” Ms Edwards advised the listening to.
The inquest was adjourned for the State Coroner to pay a visit to numerous essential spots in Byron Bay.