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Whiskey Au Go Go Killer May Return To Brisbane

One of the men convicted of Brisbane's deadly Whiskey Au Go Go firebombing may return to Australia to tell a coroner what he knows about who was involved.

James Finch served 15 years in prison and was deported to the UK in 1988 after he was convicted, along with John Andrew Stuart, over the 1973 attack that killed 15 people.

Queensland's Police Commissioner Ian Stewart says he's sure the coroner, who will hear a new inquest into the attack will be interested in what Mr Finch has to say.

Rumours have persisted that other people were involved in what was Australia's worst mass murder case until the 1996 Port Arthur massacre.

Speaking from his home east of London, Mr Finch, 74, has told News Corp he's willing to take a lie-detector test to show his confession to police never happened.

"I was convicted on a record of interview," he said on the weekend.

"I'm willing to still take a lie-detector test to say I never made that confession in the room."

Mr Stewart says it will be up to the coroner and individuals with knowledge of the case to determine who will address the inquest.

"But I'm sure the coroner would be interested in anything Mr Finch has to say," he has told ABC radio.

A date for the inquest is yet to be set.

Fifteen people were killed when two 23-litre drums of diesel fuel were thrown into the foyer of the Whiskey Au Go Go nightclub in Brisbane's Fortitude Valley, setting it ablaze.

The new inquiry was ordered in the wake of a trial over the murders of Barbara McCulkin and her two daughters 44 years ago. Vincent O'Dempsey and Garry Dubois were convicted over those murders.

O'Dempsey's trial heard he may have been motivated to kill Mrs McCulkin over fears she would try to implicate him in the firebombing.


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