Lynam back in court over moonshine deaths

THE father of one of the three men who died in a tragic moonshine incident in Ballandean last year has again fronted court over the deaths.

William Neil Clarence Lynam appeared in Warwick Magistrates Court on Wednesday, facing three charges of manslaughter and one of grievous bodily harm.

Mr Lynam initially appeared without legal representation and was instead supported by a friend.

When questioned as to why he had not engaged a lawyer, Mr Lynam told Magistrate Roger Stark he believed "everything should be relatively straightforward".

Mr Stark reminded the 69-year-old he was facing extremely serious charges and strongly encouraged him to speak with a lawyer, to which the Ballandean man agreed.

After speaking with counsel, Mr Lynam had his matter adjourned  until February 5 to allow him time to seek further representation.

Mr Lynam's 21-yearold son Joel and his friends Vincent Summers and Bryan Wilmot all died after consuming what is believed to be methanol last June.

It is understood the three men all became ill after an afternoon of drinking on June 9.

Joel was unable to be revived and died that evening, Mr Wilmot died after his life support was turned off the following day and Mr Summers died in hospital on the Tuesday evening.

Mr Lynam's other son Joshua, who was allegedly left with permanent injuries arising from the incident, supported his father during his court appearance.

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