Police have charged Percy Small but not Matthew Reynolds the person who allegedly stole the boat that fatal night on Sydney Harbour?
POLICE have charged Percy Small, the man allegedly driving the boat that was in a collision with a fishing trawler in Sydney Harbour earlier this year killing six young people.
Homicide officers arrested the 24-year-old former Sydney barman at a house in Sippy Downs, on Queensland's Sunshine Coast, yesterday afternoon.
He was taken to Maroochydore police station and charged with six counts of dangerous navigation occasioning death and driving a boat with a mid-range blood-alcohol content, in accordance with the Marine Safety Act.
He was refused bail and is due to appear today at Maroochydore Magistrates Court, where NSW homicide squad detectives will apply to have him extradited.
Small's family would not discuss the arrest last night.
The arrest is the culmination of an eight-month investigation by detectives in the homicide squad's coronial investigation team, who have been assessing whether charges should be laid over the May 1 crash.
The people who died in the crash were mother-of-two Ashlei Ayres; Jessica Holloway; Stacey Wright; Alexander Rumiz; Elizabeth Holder; and Alexandre Nikakis.
The seven-metre half-cabin runabout allegedly driven by Small was initially reported as having been taken without the knowledge of its owner, Sydney Ship Repair and Engineering, [by Matthew Reynolds.]
Although it was only authorised top carry eight people, 14 were aboard when the crash occurred.
The group allegedly had been drinking at a Balmain hotel on the night of April 30, and Matthew Reynolds had offered to take them for a cruise to Rose Bay and back.
The group made it safely to Rose Bay and at some point it is believed Small took control. Then, about 100 metres off Bradleys Head, the boat was in a collision with the fishing boat Jordon's as it was heading out to sea.
It is understood this is not the end of Strike Force Condor, formed to investigate the incident. Survivor Matthew Reynolds is still considered a person of interest by detectives. [If not why not?]
In August, Mr Reynolds said he was not responsible for the collision and was not behind the wheel of the overcrowded boat. "People need to remember that there were two boats involved that night. The front of their boat hit the side of ours," he said.
Yesterday evening his father, Charlie a [cruser tycoon in QLD], said his son did not want to discuss the arrest or crash. [No doubt as well as the fact that he and the publicans at the Balmain hotel have influence.]
"Whatever he says is never reported that way, so he's not saying anything," Charlie Reynolds said. [Actually not quite correct the corporate media have been reporting lies in his favour and trying to cover-up for him see links below;.
Percy Small crash skipper on 'coke, dope, booze' FORMER cocktail barman Percy Small was under the influence of a mixture of cocaine, cannabis and alcohol when skippering the runabout that crashed on Sydney Harbour in May, killing six, court papers allege.
Who stole the boat? Then handed Percy Small the wheel? The driver of the vessle is the culprit why are they working on Small? Not enough money or influence. Matthew Reynolds the person who is accused of stealing the boat that fatal night on Sydney Harbour.
Then during the party were invited out on the harbour for a cruise by Matthew Reynolds who allegedly stole the boat. During the cruise one of the passengers somehow or another ends up with the steering-wheel and then the boat hits another boat.
Firstly, it is hard to believe that Reynolds did not have a drink or something. He was hospitalised after the accident 'was his indulgence covered up’? The reason is because it's also hard to believe that the police took 8 months to lay a charge.
Why? Because Sydney Ship Repair and Engineering reported the boat stolen and reiterated that the boat had been stolen.
1) Why would police not act on this information?
2) Why would Percy Small the invited guest be charged and not the person who was, at all material times, the skipper of the vessel, whether he handed over the wheel to someone else during the journey, or not.
3) Hence did police accurately do a drug and alcohol test on Matthew Reynolds and could they cover that up as well?
Questions for the coroner I would have thought.
4) Why was there no coroner’s inquest into the accident?
Harbour crash 'driver' goes to police Police "too busy" to question possible driver of boat in fatal harbour crash. Matthew Reynolds, the 31-year-old originally thought to be at the helm of the runabout which collided with a fishing boat on Sydney Harbour in May, killing six people, attended Tweed Heads Police Station today.
Boat safety laws overhauled The New South Wales Government has announced maritime safety laws will be overhauled, a month after six people died in a boat crash on Sydney Harbour.
Boat tragedy: mystery over driver? Three weeks after the Sydney Harbour tragedy, police have yet to establish who was driving the runabout that collided with a fishing trawler, killing six young people.
Boat driver in fatal crash revealed: cover-up Cocktail barman Percy Small has been named as the man at the wheel of the runabout when it crashed into a larger fishing boat, killing six people. It is believed those on board have also claimed that a third person may have been at the wheel during some point in the journey, News Limited [Limited News] reports. [???] [An attempt now to place someone that was allegedly not drunk at the helm???] Quote: "Witnesses have told police that after Mr Reynolds, a qualified skipper, negotiated the boat from Balmain Wharf he handed the controls over to Mr Small. Mr Small, who holds a 'boating licence' and 'did not appear affected by alcohol', safely took the boat across the harbour to Watsons Bay." Unquote. [NSW Police and Limited News Lies? Seems like they got the all clear??? Now all they have to do is inform the boat owners that granting permission to the crew for the journey won't be a liability???]
Harbour death crash: [who stole the boat?] The father of Matthew Reynolds, [the man originally thought to have stolen the runabout and] the man originally thought to have been at the helm of the runabout at the time of last Thursday's harbour tragedy, says his son knows who was steering the vessel but will not reveal their identity because of "legal implications".
Homicide squad called in over harbour crash THE homicide squad stamped its authority on the investigation into the harbour tragedy yesterday, with an inspection of the boats that smashed into each other in the cold and dark on Thursday morning.
Balmain hotels fill as young mourn pub mates Many of those involved in the accident were from Balmain. Friends gathered, embraced and cried openly on Darling Street, and soon after were intoxicated with alcohol as well as grief. Balmain bar staff described the incident as a pub staff night gone wrong.