Search for Matthew Leveson's body enters final stages
For the first time, the family of Matthew Leveson have walked over the site where police have been searching for his remains for the past seven days.
Faye and Mark Leveson walked over the site with their two other sons, Jason and Peter, on Wednesday afternoon after detectives allowed them onto his potential burial site in Royal National Park in Sydney’s south.
Police have indicated they will resume the search on Thursday morning, but will make an assessment whether to continue later in the day.
“Coronial investigations are continuing for the purpose of attempting to locate and recover the remains of Matthew Leveson,” a spokesperson for the NSW Coroner’s court said on Wednesday afternoon.
“Deputy State Coroner Elaine Truscott visited the Royal National Park (on Tuesday) to observe the progress of police investigations at the site. The inquest into the death of Matthew Leveson has been adjourned until 6 March 2017.”
Mr Leveson’s boyfriend Michael Atkins, 53, led police to the area in the early hours of last Thursday after confessing it was where he had buried the body in 2007.
Police taped off a site near McKell Avenue, Waterfall, and have been using two excavators and police dogs to scour the dense bushland.
Mr Atkins was found not guilty of the murder and manslaughter of Mr Leveson following a trial in 2009.
In recent weeks Mr Atkins was compelled to give evidence at the coronial inquest overseen by Ms Truscott but had been granted immunity from prosecution for any admissions he might have made.
After an intense week of questioning, Mr Atkins admitted he had lied when giving evidence at the inquest, which left him open to being charged with perjury and contempt of court.
Police used this as leverage and a deal was struck with the NSW Attorney General Gabrielle Upton, whereby Mr Atkins was given indemnity from prosecution if he revealed where he had buried Mr Leveson’s body.
Mr Leveson’s parents, Mark and Faye, have remained at the search site each day, surrounded by friends and family.
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