State Will Cover Costs of Derek Percy Inquest

on April 5, 2011 in Serial Killers by

Jean Priest will not have to cover Derek Percy’s legal costs in her continuing attempts to compel him to give evidence in her daughter’s disappearance. Previous rulings had levied bills of over $80,000, and she was close to bankruptcy.

A barrister of the Victorian Attorney-General said this week that the issue of whether someone should be compelled to testify at an inquest was one that should be debated by Victoria’s highest court. He indicated that if costs were awarded against Ms. Priest, the Attorney-General would cover those costs.

The barrister did not give an opinion on whether Percy should be compelled, only that the Victorian Supreme Court should make a ruling on the matter, and that Ms. Priest should be protected from additional fees.

Ms. Priest’s daughter, Linda Stilwell, disappeared in 1968. Neither she nor her remains have been found.

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