William Tyrell was last seen in the Mid North Coast town of Kendall on September 12.
William Tyrell was last seen in the Mid North Coast town of Kendall on September 12.

Repairman has house searched over toddler disappearance

FAMILY and friends have jumped to the defence of a NSW washing machine repairman whose home was searched over the disappearance of Kendall toddler William Tyrell.

Police searched 63-year-old William Harold Spedding's home and pawnbrokers business after learning he was hired to fix a washing machine at the house the boy went missing from last September.

Mr Spedding's Bonny Hills yard was excavated and a septic tank drained as police searched.

No charges have been laid and police insist the searches were just one of their lines of inquiry, although several items were seized.

Friends and family defended Mr Spedding on Facebook as his identity was broadcast across media.

"Nobody has been found guilty as yet," friend Kylie Handsaker posted.

"I do pray for the one that is (guilty) to be found.

"But not for media to publicly humiliate someone that's not even found guilty of anything."



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