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Whitegoods repairman Bill Spedding with wife when William Tyrrell vanished, inquest hears

William Tyrrell. Source: AAP

An inquest into the disappearance of William Tyrrell has been told repairman Bill Spedding was with his wife having coffee about the time the boy went missing.

The wife of whitegoods repairman Bill Spedding has told the inquest into three-year-old William Tyrrell's disappearance she was with her husband drinking coffee about the time the boy went missing.

The NSW Coroners Court on Monday also heard of the shock Margaret Spedding suffered as police raided her home in early 2015 in the search of the young boy.

William went missing from his foster grandmother's home in Kendall on NSW's mid-north coast about 10.15am on September 12, 2014.

Mr Spedding, who was among hundreds of so-called persons of interest in the suspected abduction, has always vehemently publicly denied any involvement and has never been charged.

Ms. Spedding told the inquest that on the day William went missing, she and her husband had arranged to go to a primary school assembly in Laurieton, a town about 15 minutes away from Kendall.

She said both her and her husband often did this before the monthly assemblies.

William Tyrrell disappeared from his grandmother's yard in 2014.
William Tyrrell disappeared from his grandmother's yard in 2014.
AAP

Before that event, where a child in their care was to receive an award, the couple met for coffee about 9.30am at a cafe across the road from the school and near to Mr. Spedding's office, she told the inquest.

A receipt shown to the inquest showed the Speddings' joint account was used to purchase a ham and cheese croissant, a citrus tart and two large cappuccinos at about 9.45am. Ms. Spedding said the pair travelled over the road to the primary school for the beginning of the assembly at 10:30am.

In the video detectives ask Ms. Spedding to recall whether they were sitting inside, or outside the assembly hall.

Ms. Spedding said she could not recall.

The officers pressed Ms. Spedding as to how she could prove her husband was with her at the assembly.

“I know he was,” she said.

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