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Australia Who was REALLY behind the Whiskey Au Go Go fire?

12:51  14 june  2021
12:51  14 june  2021 Source:   dailymail.co.uk

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The father of a teen saxophone player who died in the Whiskey Au Go Go firebombing made it his mission to find out who was behind the deadly attack.

But firefighter Tom Day, the father of 19-year-old Darcy, was warned to stop looking for answers.

'I remember Dad saying what was told to him, "Give up, Tom, you're getting too close,"' Darcy's sister Dianna Day said in a statement read on Monday to an inquest into the 1973 arson attack that killed 15 people.

The heartache Darcy's parents felt at losing their youngest son was extremely painful as it was for his siblings, Ms Day said.

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While their mother attended every court hearing, Mr Day made it is mission to find out who was behind the bombing.

Until he was warned to stop.

'Fearing for his safety and his family's, he stopped looking,' Ms Day told the inquest.

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The inquest into the firebombing re-opened for a two-week sitting in Brisbane on Monday - some 48 years after the first three-day inquest ended when two men were arrested.

Coroner Terry Ryan is set to determine whether the two men - James Richard Finch and John Andrew Stuart - convicted and sentenced to life over the firebombing were the only people who caused or contributed to the deaths.

Counsel assisting the coroner Stephen Keim asked in his opening address whether there was 'some evidence at least' that indicated whether Finch and Stuart may not have been the only people responsible.

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'The answer to that question is that such evidence does exist,' he said.

Two drums of fuel were thrown into the downstairs foyer of the bustling nightclub in Brisbane's Fortitude Valley and set alight about 2am on March 8.

More than 60 patrons and staff tried frantically to escape as air conditioning vents acted as chimneys, pouring black smoke into the club.

There was a single fire extinguisher, a locked hose and an emergency exit blocked by oil-filled drums, making escape slippery and dangerous.

Fifteen people succumbed to deadly smoke, with autopsies confirming their death from carbon monoxide poisoning.

Denise Koch told the inquest the hurt of losing her sister Wendy Drew was still raw in her family.

'I remember, vividly, that before I returned Wendy's belongings to Mum, I scrubbed and scrubbed the handbag that Wendy had taken with her to the nightclub - I wanted to remove the residue of soot and erase the smell of petrol,' she said in a statement read on her behalf.

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She hopes families will be able to start to heal when the findings are released.

'There has been no resolution regarding responsibility for this awful tragedy,' she said.

The inquest was reopened after the firebombing was mentioned in a trial in which Vincent O'Dempsey and Garry Dubois were convicted over the deaths of Barbara McCulkin and her two daughters in January 1974.

That trial was told the killings may have been motivated over fears Ms McCulkin would try to implicate O'Dempsey in the firebombing.

O'Dempsey - who is expected to be a key witness - sat in the dock of the courtroom during the inquest opening, but was not be present when statements from the victims' family members were read out.

Stuart died in 1979 and Finch - who had been due to give evidence in the inquest - died this year in the UK where he had been deported after serving 15 years.

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Dubois was found dead in his cell at Maryborough Correctional Centre earlier this month.

The inquest is set to consider whether Finch and Stuart were the only people who caused or contributed to the 15 deaths and the identity of the other parties involved.

Mr Ryan will also look into the adequacy of investigations into the deadly attack immediately after the firebombing and over subsequent years.

Mr Keim said there was considerable evidence that people associated with the nightclub knew an attack was pending and 'in some cases warned acquaintances not to be present'.

There were also several earlier suspicious fires at other nightclubs and restaurants shortly before the Whiskey Au Go Go attack that will provide an 'important context'.

The Whiskey Au Go Go attack was Australia's worst mass murder until the 1996 Port Arthur massacre.

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