Gatton hit and run accused ‘making things up’: Coroner

A CORONER has accused a Gatton woman of "making up" her testimony as she went.

Coroner John Hutton is investigating the death of Chinese national Shui Ki Chan who was riding a bicycle on the Warrego Hwy near Gatton when he was struck by a car.

Mr Chan was left in a ditch on the side of the highway and died there.

The court has heard Joanne Marie McCauley bragged about hitting the cyclist to friends - but she claims she only told the story around a man she believed was a child rapist to scare him away.

Ms McCauley said she had a poor memory.

Then she gave a detailed account of when she told the man about hitting Mr Chan.

But Mr Hutton questioned Ms McCauley's version of events.

"Are you making this up as you go along?" he asked.

"You told us before you had a bad memory and now you're giving a very detailed account."

But Ms McCauley insisted her version of events was correct.

She said the first time she told the story to the man was in front of her children and she made sure they knew it was "just a story" once the man left.

"I did straight away tell my family it was nothing but a story," she said.

Mr Hutton suggested the first time she had claimed to have made the story up was when she found out police and the inquest were investigating the death.

Ms McCauley denied she ever told the story when the man she believed was a child sex offender was not around. She said any witnesses who had claimed otherwise were not telling the truth.

The inquest is set to continue for the rest of the week. - ARM NEWSDESK


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