Key witnesses to be recalled in Rachel Antonio trial

TWO key witnesses will be recalled to give further evidence in the Coronial inquest into the disappearance and suspected death of Rachel Antonio.

Robert Hytch, who is alleged to have had a secret sexual relationship with the Bowen teen, will be the second witness called when the inquest resumes on Monday at 10am at the Bowen Court House.

Sidney Pate, who had the lease of the Bowen swimming pool between 1996 and 1998, will be also be recalled.

Mr Hytch has twice faced the Supreme Court of Townsville over the suspected death of the Bowen teen, who disappeared at the age of 16 on April 25, 1998.

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Rachel Antonio.
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Initially charged with murder he was found guilty of manslaughter.

That verdict was overturned on appeal and at the second trial he was acquitted in 2001.

Mr Hytch has consistently denied any relationship with the teenager.

The inquest has already heard that Mr Pate had closed the pool early on Anzac Day in 1998 so he could go to the movies. The court was told it was the same film Rachel had been going to see - Good Will Hunting.

Cinema owner Benito De Luca has said he didn't remember seeing Mr Pate on the night and that only nine people attended the 7pm screening.


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