Robert Hytch denies killing Rachel Antonio
ROBERT Hytch denied killing Rachel Antonio when asked directly by barrister Harvey Walters "did you kill her?"
Mr Hytch denied having a relationship with the Bowen teen.
He said he wasn't at Queens Beach on the night she went missing or the following morning.
Mr Walters said it would have been "absurd" for Mr Hytch to make plans to meet Rachel when he'd already planned to attend his younger brother's 18th birthday, which was held at the Hytch family residence.
ROBERT Hytch denied a sexual encounter with Rachel Antonio on the night of the Bowen fishing classic in September 1997 despite a diary entry allegedly written by the missing teen.
Secret diary notes discovered by police on a shelf behind her bed in her bedroom have alleged a sexual relationship between Mr Hytch and the Bowen teen, who was 15 at the time of many of the alleged encounters.
An excerpt of the diary notes was read to Mr Hytch by police concerning the Bowen fishing classic in 1998 after Rachel went missing and again today during the Coronial inquest into her disappearance and suspected death.
"We tried but it hurt too much... I was so embarrassed," the note read.
Counsel to the coroner John Aberdeen asked if that detail was an accurate description of what occurred between him and Rachel on that night.
"No it isn't," Mr Hytch said.
ROBERT Hytch said he "can't recall" saying, on October 21 in 1998, that Rachel Antonio had been spotted in Sydney.
Counsel to the coroner John Aberdeen asked where he'd received that information, but Mr Hytch couldn't recall.
The information was not passed on to police, the Coronial Court was told.
Mr Aberdeen asked if Mr Hytch was told that Rachel had been seen in Sydney wouldn't it have been of the highest importance.
"If there was a chance, any chance (Rachel) had been seen in Sydney (it) would have resolved your situation," Mr Aberdeen said.
ROBERT Hytch said "I refuse to answer any questions" soon into questioning by counsel to the coroner John Aberdeen.
Coroner David O'Connell explained to Mr Hytch he was entitled to raise an objection to answer questions if he thought it might incriminate him.
Mr O'Connell then directed him to answer questions, but this means nothing he says can be used against him in a criminal proceeding.
THIS is the day Ian and Cheryl Antonio have waited 16 years for.
The man twice tried over Rachel Antonio's death, and her alleged secret boyfriend, Robert Hytch will be questioned during the Coronial inquest into her disappearance today.
Mr Hytch did not give evidence during the two trials so this will be the first time he has spoken about Rachel in an open court.
Mr and Mrs Antonio said they planned to look him directly in the eye.
"We've waited 16 and a half years and never heard him say a word," Mr Antonio said.
Rachel was 16 when she went missing Bowen on the evening of Anzac Day in 1998.