Eeva Dorendahl-Hutchings, and father Greg Hutchings, have been missing from Pottsville since January 11, 2014. Contributed
Eeva Dorendahl-Hutchings, and father Greg Hutchings, have been missing from Pottsville since January 11, 2014. Contributed contributed

Family hopes for inquest

GRIEVING family and friends of Greg Hutchings and Eeva Dorendahl-Hutchings will find out next month if a coronial inquest will be staged into their deaths a year ago in Pottsville.

A callover on the tragedy is listed for the New South Wales Coroner's Court in Glebe on February 24.

A decision on an inquest is likely to be announced soon after, a court spokesman said.

Eeva, 4, and Mr Hutchings, 35, were found dead in sand dunes on January 28 last year, more than two weeks after they disappeared.

Mother and grandmother Diana Hutchings, of Pottsville, said she wanted an inquest at which she could testify along with Greg's doctor and counsellor and many other witnesses who have cast doubt on the police's suspicion it was a murder-suicide.

Ms Hutchings said no one who knew Greg and was in contact with him in the months leading up to the tragedy could believe he would hurt his daughter or was suicidal.

But she said if a different picture emerged during an "objective" investigation she would accept its conclusions.

"You don't want to be some crazy person in denial," she said.

"You want a proper investigation, not just a foregone conclusion.

"Greg was living with me and I would have seen some signs of something amiss."

Ms Hutchings said Greg would also want the truth to come out regardless.

But she said there were too many unanswered questions and she also wanted the record corrected as a lot of misinformation had been spread.



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