Louise and Charmian Faulkner Disappearance - Coronial Inquest

Coronial Inquest

In August 2006 a Coronial Inquest was held into the disappearance and death of Louise and Charmian Faulkner. George Sutherland refused to take the witness stand at the inquest on the basis of self-incrimination.

Beryl Sutherland took the witness stand. When questioned over George's involvement with Louise, she told the court she did not mind that her husband was having a relationship with Louise whilst he was living with her. At the time of the inquest another witness had made a statement to police alleging that she had also engaged in a relationship with George and one night had been threatened by Beryl over the telephone for a period of several hours. Beryl denied any knowledge of the situation and the phone call to the court.

Louise's son John told the court he believed that his mother and sister had "met with foul play and that George is responsible for this in some way". "George's actions after my mother's disappearance appeared to me to be one of guilt," he said. "George sold his property, as I understand it, at a heavily reduced price shortly after her disappearance and proceeded to travel to the USA and live in a campervan for a number of years after."

Melissiah told the court, "I can recall being there one day with George and it appeared that Charmian was scared of him because she would cry if he went near her. My mother would say, 'She doesn't even recognise you; that you are her father, she doesn't see you enough'."

The inquest was adjourned with the Victorian State Coroner Graeme Johnstone requesting further information. The inquest was again postponed on 16 August 2007 to allow further investigation. The inquest was reconvened on 25 February 2008 but was adjourned until 7 March to give the suspect's lawyer time to review statements from new witnesses.

On 25 February 2008, Louise's daughter Melissiah released a CD single titled Louise and Charmian at the Victorian State Coroner's Court. The CD was released to raise funds for the Louise and Charmian Foundation.

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