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Australia Suspect in missing Kehlet prospector case Graham Milne forced to give evidence to inquest

09:10  15 january  2020
09:10  15 january  2020 Source:   abc.net.au

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A man named as a suspect in the case of two prospectors who disappeared in remote Western Australia has been compelled to answer questions at an inquest, after voicing concerns his evidence may "incriminate" him.

Graham Milne is the last known person to have seen Raymond and Jennie Kehlet alive, when the three of them went on a prospecting trip to Sandstone, about 700 kilometres north-east of Perth, in March 2015.

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On the first day of the inquest last week, police identified Mr Milne as a suspect in the case, testifying some of the information he told investigators was not supported by evidence.

The inquest was also told police had intended to charge him, but the move was rejected by state prosecutors.

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Graham Milne was concerned any testimony would be used against him by police.© ABC News: James Carmody Graham Milne was concerned any testimony would be used against him by police. At the start of proceedings today, Mr Milne's lawyer, Glenn Cridland, said his client wanted to "exercise his right not to answer questions" on the grounds "they may have the tendency to incriminate him".

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Mr Cridland said since the investigation first began, Mr Milne had fully cooperated with police.

He provided four written statements, allowed his property to be forensically searched and took part in two video recorded interviews — one of which lasted more than 12 hours.

But Mr Cridland said it was "starkly obvious" from the evidence of police that they had wanted his client to be charged and the answers he provided at the inquest could be an opportunity "to fill in the missing bits of a prosecution case".

"One can see where the police case is going," he said.

"If this matter was where he had refused to cooperate before, then it would be expedient for him to answer questions in a fact-finding exercise.

"It's not expedient, it's oppressive because of the cooperation which has been remarkable to date."

Promise of immunity

Raymond and Jennie Kehlet went missing while prospecting near Sandstone in the WA outback.© ABC News Raymond and Jennie Kehlet went missing while prospecting near Sandstone in the WA outback. WA coroner Ros Fogliani ruled that "for the ends of justice" Mr Milne should be compelled to answer questions, but said if she was satisfied he was truthful at the end of his evidence, she would consider granting him a certificate of immunity.

That would mean any answers Mr Milne gives to the inquest could not be used in any criminal prosecution of him.

When Mr Milne's testimony proceeded he described Jennie and Ray Kehlet as "good friends" he met at the mine site where they all worked.

He described the couple as "being two peas in a pod" and said their friendship developed when Mr and Ms Kehlet showed an interest in prospecting and he agreed to train them.

Mr Milne has denied having anything to do with the couple's disappearance and he has never been charged.

The inquest continues

Why man who was the last person to see couple alive before they perished in the outback while searching for gold had to be FORCED to testify at inquest into their mysterious deaths .
Raymond Kehlet, 47, and his wife Jennie, 49, never returned from a prospecting trip to Sandstone, about 660km north of Perth, in March 2015 with Graham Milne.A suspect in the mysterious deaths of his two 'good friends' while prospecting in remote Western Australia has been forced to testify at their inquest despite concerns he could incriminate himself.

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