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Accused killer told police of his love for missing woman

Gail Lynch
Gail Lynch

IN A recorded interview with police a week after Gail Lynch was reported missing, her accused killer Ian Phillip Hannaford told of his love for her.

The interview recorded with Detective Senior Constable Glen Roche of Warwick police on July 10, 2012, was played to Toowoomba Supreme Court.

In the interview Hannaford tells police he met Ms Lynch on the dating website Oasis Active and after initially chatting via the site, then by phone calls, the couple had first met in a Warwick park just before Christmas 2011.

"I fell in love with her as soon as I seen her," Hannaford told detectives.

He then gave some insight into the six to seven-month relationship he had with Ms Lynch, telling police "sometimes it felt like walking on egg shells there, other times it was magic".

Hannaford said the relationship ended toward the end of May, 2012, and he had driven to Warwick from his Rockville home to try to "sort it out" but Ms Lynch had said "no" so he drove back to Toowoomba.

He told police the last contact he had with Ms Lynch was about three weeks prior to the interview and that he had started seeing another woman he had also met through the dating website.

Asked if he had any ideas to help police in their search for Ms Lynch, Hannaford answered "Wouldn't have a clue".

Gail Lynch, 55, has not been seen since leaving her Guy St, Warwick, unit on July 3, 2012.

It is the Crown case that she is dead and that her former boyfriend Hannaford is responsible for her death. Hannaford, 61, has pleaded not guilty to murder.

During the police interview, Det. Snr Const. Roche noted injuries on Hannaford's hands and fingers and asked how he got them.

Hannaford said he had been bitten while trying to separate his dogs that had been fighting at his Gala Ct home.

He said some of the injuries had also been sustained when he was working cutting rust out of a camper van he had bought.

"I knock skin off easy... I bleed easy," he told police.

The trial before Justice John Bond continues.  

Topics:  ian hannaford murder trial toowoomba supreme court



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