Jailed dad’s daughter reaches out to victims’ families
AFTER her father had been sentenced in Toowoomba Supreme Court, Bill Lynam's daughter Wendy Pannach read a prepared statement on behalf of her family to the media outside court in which she spoke of her family's sympathy for the other families of the deceased.
The events of June 2013 have deeply impacted the Wilmot and Summers families and our own family in the most profound way, she said.
The lives of three young men were lost - and there are no words sufficient to convey our sorrow and sympathy for all three families.
And, of course, Joshua's life was also at risk and we're grateful that he has made a full recovery with no lasting consequences.
To the Wilmot and Summers families, we can only say how sorry we are that you have lost your sons, brothers and partners.
It's an agony that we know well having suffered the loss of Joel.
We will remember Joel as a smart and shy young man who had a knack with technology and plenty of unrealised potential.
We know the Wilmot and Summers families will remember Bryan and Vincent with similar fondness and we hope these memories bring them some peace.
We would like to thank the jury for their care and attention over the last two weeks.
We know it was a complex case with challenging legal concepts.
We are, of course, distressed that we have not only lost our brother, but that our father will now spend at least 18 months in jail.
We would like to thank the Ballandean community. More than 25 friends and family members have been in court during the last two weeks to support Dad and there have been plenty more who have offered their support over the last few years.
We hope you will continue to support him over the difficult years to come.
But again, and most importantly, we extend our condolences to the Wilmot and Summers families.
We hope the conclusion of this court case will allow the families to process the events of June 2013 and will allow them to move forward with the knowledge that we couldn't be more sorry for their loss.