Young soldier with a promising career as an officer who broke up with his girlfriend and vanished a day after his 24th birthday 'may have been living a double life for 17 years'

  • Lieutenant Sean Sargent went missing one day after 24th birthday in 1999 
  • Man has claimed he was having drinks with him days later at a Brisbane gay bar 
  • Previous girlfriends of the lieutenant have also indicated he could have been gay
  • The judge at inquest into his death said he may have been leading a 'double life'

Lieutenant Sean Sargent went missing one day after 24th birthday in March 1999

A soldier who vanished more than 17 years ago could have been leading a 'double life' in an extraordinary case.

Lieutenant Sean Sargent went missing one day after his 24th birthday in Brisbane's St Lucia, in March 1999, reports Courier Mail.

According to a court inquest , a man claimed he was having drinks at gay bar 12 days later with a man named 'Sean' who fitted Mr Sargent's description.

'[Witness Sean Mann] stated that the male person said to him that he was in the Army and he was gay and that it was difficult being gay in the Army,' counsel man Peter De Waard told the court.

According to the Courier Mail, a number of previous girlfriends of the lieutenant also indicated he could have been gay. 

Mr De Waard said this suggested Mr Sargent could have been leading a 'double life'.

The court heard he had been a promising young officer before allegedly assaulting a bouncer at a Townsville nightclub in 1998, sending his career on a 'backward step.'

The court heard in the weeks before his disappearance he broke up with his girlfriend, telling her he couldn't be in a 'relationship with her anymore because there was something he needed to do'. 

On the night he disappeared he went to a party and brawled with another man, before turning 'very introverted'.

The court heard Mr Sargent took his own life in 2002.

The inquest is set to be held next year from April.  

The judge at inquest into his death said he may have been leading a 'double life'

 

 

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