William Tyrrell search: Foster mum hires top criminal lawyer John Korn

William Tyrrell’s foster mother has retained one of NSW’s top defence barristers as the search for the missing child enters its seventh day.

After being charged with allegedly assaulting a child, William Tyrrell’s foster mother has hired one of NSW’s top criminal lawyers, John Korn.

The specialist barrister has regularly defended high-profile clients against murder, serious sexual assault and commercial drug charges, The Daily Telegraph reports.

Some of Mr Korn’s most well-known cases involve defending members of the Comanchero bikies in 2009, after they were accused of murdering Anthony Zervas, who was connected to rival gang, the Hells Angels.

The Sydney-based barrister will also be representing the former Liberal staffer, Bruce Lehrmann, who is charged with raping Brittany Higgins at Parliament House in 2019.

William’s foster mother – who legally cannot be named – is due to face Hornsby Local Court on Tuesday after she and her husband were both charged with one count of common assault on a child.

Although the charge does not relate to William, his foster mum has yet to comment on the renewed investigation for the three-year-old who went missing in 2014.

Currently, both she and her husband are staying at their Sydney home, as search efforts continues in Kendall on NSW’s mid-north coast, nearly four hours away from Sydney.

Investigation could takes months

It comes as the search for William’s remains enters its seventh day.

Despite initial predictions of a two to three week search, officers now fear the operation could take months.

Efforts are currently focused on the sprawling bushland near the former home of William’s foster grandmother where he disappeared more than seven years ago.

Covering an estimated area of 1.5 square kilometres, a spokesperson for the police told news.com.au that investigators have yet to search even 10 per cent of the area.

Officers and scientific experts are currently manually sifting through the topsoil by hand, scouring the area for potential evidence.

Yesterday, police uncovered a green hessian bag buried at the bushland site, near the location where they found a blue piece of cloth which was also collected as evidence.

Originally published as William Tyrrell’s foster mother hires top criminal lawyer John Korn as search continues

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