By Ursula Malone
The father of a Sydney man lacking for 8 many years has told an inquest that he is aware who killed his son but not how he was killed, or why.
“Our aim is to get answers, to carry Matt property,” Mark Leveson told the Glebe Coroners Court.
Matthew Leveson was twenty when he went missing on September 23, 2007, right after a night time out at a gay club with his partner Michael Peter Atkins.
Following an before inquest, Mr Atkins was charged with murder, but he was acquitted by a jury in 2009.
Matthew Leveson’s entire body has in no way been located.
Mr Leveson told the inquest he thought his son was murdered and was in no doubt about who the assassin was.
“I do not require to know who, I know that currently,” he instructed the inquest.
But he stated a lot of other concerns remained unanswered.
“We want to know how he was murdered, why he was murdered, when? We require responses,” he stated.
Mother and father wore listening device for the duration of pay a visit to
Matthew’s mother Faye Leveson listened from the public gallery comforted by her two other sons, Peter and Jason, as the inquest was played a secretly recorded conversation.
The recording was produced when Mr and Mrs Leveson went to see Mr Atkins at his Cronulla condominium in January 2008, 4 months right after the disappearance.
At the ask for of police, Mr Leveson was sporting a listening gadget.
Mr Leveson is heard telling Mr Atkins that law enforcement have CCTV footage displaying him acquiring a mattock and gaffer tape at a hardware shop on the day Matthew went missing.
Mr Atkins tells the Levesons he bought the objects for Matthew, who had expressed an desire in digging a vegetable patch.
“There’s an aged vegetable plot down the side of the property,” he stated.
“We ended up going to established up a yard.”
A couple of minutes later, Mr Leveson asks: “You purchased people following he went missing on the Sunday?”
“No, he was nonetheless below,” Mr Atkins replied.
“I believed you said when you woke up on that early morning he was long gone?” Faye Leveson said.
“That was afterwards that night,” Mr Atkins stated.
Mr Atkins told the pair: “Matt intended almost everything to me. We had children planned.”
Mrs Leveson expressed disbelief: “Young children? Matt failed to want young children.”
Mr Atkins told them: “I did.”
‘He was my baby’: Mother pleads with partner
At one stage in the hour-extended dialogue, Faye Leveson sobs as she begs Mr Atkins to notify her what happened.
“He was my child,” she stated.
“He was my infant, also,” Mr Atkins replied.
At the conclude of the recording, counsel helping Lester Fernandez asked Mr Leveson what the visit to Mr Atkins experienced been like.
“There was by no means any eye speak to,” he stated.
“Shaking his hand, it was soaking damp. He failed to volunteer considerably. Everything experienced to be dragged out of him.”
Deputy Condition Coroner Truscott commended the Levesons for the part they experienced performed in helping the law enforcement investigation.
“That must have been a hideous expertise. My coronary heart genuinely goes out to you when I hear what you experienced to place yourselves by means of,” she advised them.
“You genuinely did yourselves and your sons proud.”
Mr Atkins has been named to appear at the inquest on Monday.
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