The Australian coronial findings into suspected murders onboard the so-called “death ship” Sage Sagittarius have been delayed.
An inquest had investigated the deaths of two seaman who died on the Japanese coal carrier in August and September 2012. A third man died a month later in Japanese waters.
Head chef Cesar Llanto vanished overboard off Cairns on August 30. A fortnight later the ship’s chief engineer Hector Collado fell to his death in suspicious circumstances as the ship entered Newcastle.
A Japanese superintendent died a month later while onboard the ship, though as this incident did not happen in Australian waters it did no
The findings in Australia were due to be revealed today, however they have now been delayed with no date fixed as yet.
During the lengthy hearings the ship’s captain, Venancio Salas, was repeatedly linked with murdering his two crewmates. He was also revealed to have beaten up some of his crew.
In his closing remarks made to the inquest late last year, counsel Philip Strickland said “detailed evidence suggests foul play”, particularly given the “deep conflict aboard”.
“The deaths occurred in intense and building conflict,” he said.