Wilson inquest decision due

Mystery shrouds the death of Colac hermit Hugh Wilson.

THE State Coroner’s Court is set to deliver its finding into the death of Colac’s Hugh Wilson more than 30 years ago.

Coroner Kim Parkinson will announce her inquest findings next Monday in Melbourne.

Mr Wilson died in an alleged hit-run on the Colac-Lavers Hill Road in September 1976.

The inquest began in Colac in May last year, before resuming in Melbourne in August and closing in December.

A closing submission to the hearing from counsel assisting the coroner Aaron Shwartz said there was a lack of evidence to identify who was responsible for Mr Wilson’s death.

“There is a deficiency of any real or sufficient evidence identifying any particular person or motor vehicle which was responsible for injuries giving rise to the death of Hugh Wilson on Saturday 11 September, 1976,” Mr Shwartz said in December.

He said the evidence had suggested three scenarios for Mr Wilson’s death – the first that a police officer struck and killed Mr Wilson in a hit-run, the second that a group of young men killed him, and the third that an unknown person hit and killed him in their car.

Mr Wilson’s sister-in-law Molly Wilson said she would attend with her daughters.

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