A MAN who was acquitted of murdering his boyfriend almost a decade ago has reportedly led police to a possible burial site in bushland south of Sydney after being granted immunity from prosecution.
Matthew Leveson, then aged 20, was reported missing by concerned relatives on Tuesday 25 September 2007 after he failed to show up to work and could not be contacted.
He was last seen leaving Darlinghurst’s ARQ nightclub around 2am on Sunday 23 September 2007 and his car was found abandoned at the Waratah Oval in Sutherland a few days later.
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Mr Leveson’s then-boyfriend Michael Atkins, 53, was charged over his death despite the fact his body was never found, however, Atkins was acquitted of both murder and the lesser charge of manslaughter during a trial in 2009.
Today’s sensational development comes after Atkins was compelled to give evidence at a Coronial inquest into his partner’s disappearance and suspected murder last week.
According to the AAP, Atkins was granted immunity from prosecution for any admissions that he might have made.
The 53-year-old spent five days answering questions about his final moments with Mr Leveson and explaining why he bought a mattock and tape from Bunnings on the day after Mr Leveson was last seen.
The inquest was adjourned today while Atkins led police to a possible burial site in the Royal National Park south of Sydney, not far from where Mr Leveson lived before he disappeared nine years ago.
“Following extensive investigative inquiries, Strike Force detectives received information that led them to the Royal National Park this morning,” police said in a statement.
“A crime scene has been established in the park and police are conducting an extensive search of the area.
“Mr Leveson’s disappearance is currently the subject of an ongoing Coronial inquest and therefore no further comment is available at this time.”
A $100,000 reward was announced for information leading to the discovery of Mr Leveson’s body back in February 2012.
Mr Leveson’s family has on a number of occasions embarked on their own searches for his body in the Royal National Park, but to no avail.
Police are urging anyone with information in relation to this incident to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or use the Crime Stoppers online reporting page: https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au/
Information you provide will be treated in the strictest of confidence.