A person of interest in the disappearance of William Tyrrell has been filmed exploding at a television reporter.
Tony Jones, 62, was being questioned about his alibi at the time William vanished when he lost his temper and squared off with the TV crew.
William, who would now be six-years-old, tragically vanished from the yard of his foster grandmother’s home on the New South Wales north coast on September 12, 2014.
‘You want it smashed? You want it smashed?’ shouted Jones as he charged towards a camera filming the encounter for A Current Affair.
Moments earlier Jones had lost his temper while being asked about his whereabouts by Steve Marshall.
‘I just told you where I was, fool!’ Jones shouts in the reporter’s face before screaming ‘Go! Go!’ and threatening to break the camera.
Anthony ‘Tony’ Jones – originally from Wellington, in the New South Wales central west – was jailed for the aggravated assault of an 11-year-old girl in 2015.
The 62-year-old pleaded guilty to two child sex offences, with the District Court hearing his abuse of the girl had gone on for ‘some time’.
He was sentenced to a total three year sentence but Judge Leonie Flannery ordered he be released on supervised parole after two years behind bars, on September 26, 2016.
Jones has denied any involvement following William’s disappearance, claiming he was ‘out bush’ collecting scrap metal the day the toddler vanished.
He was living in Wauchope, about 20 minutes’ drive north of the coastal suburb of Kendall where William was staying.
Police have identified hundreds of persons of interest in the Tyrrell investigation and Jones is one of only a few to have been publicly named.
William, who was three when he vanished, has not been found despite a $1million reward for information.
It was only revealed last year that the little boy was in foster care at the time he went missing.
Police have ruled out the involvement of William’s foster or biological parents.
His biological father Brendan Clifford, 35, was sentenced to seven months in prison for drug and theft offences, and his mother.
William’s mother Karlie Tyrrell was arrested in December after screaming at police repeatedly spitting in an officer’s face at a Sydney shopping centre.