Mushroom lunch survivor’s security upgrade after miraculous recovery – following ‘major development’ in the Leongatha case
The sole survivor of the deadly mushroom lunch had security cameras installed at his home just days after being released from hospital.
Pastor Ian Wilkinson was the only person to survive the toxic beef served to Wellington by stay-at-home mother Erin Patterson in eastern Victoria on July 29.
His wife Heather, 66, and her sister Gail and husband Don Patterson were invited to lunch as part of a ‘mediation’ met to discuss Mrs Patterson’s relationship with her estranged husband Simon, who backed out at the last minute.
Ian Wilkinson and Heather Wilkinson (both pictured). Ian Wilkinson has been released from hospital after spending weeks recovering from a poison mushroom lunch that killed three others, including his wife
An electrician was installing CCTV cameras outside Ian Wilkinson’s home on Monday
Erin Patterson is pictured outside her home, days after serving the killer meal
An electrician installed several cameras around Mr Wilkinson’s Korumburra home on Monday – two days after it was revealed he had been miraculously released from hospital.
The technician could be seen installing cameras at multiple access points around the home, where Mr Wilkinson lived with his wife Heather until her tragic death.
It remains unclear what specific security concerns Mr Wilkinson has. Daily Mail Australia is not suggesting it is Erin Patterson.
Victoria Police have refused to comment on veteran crime reporter John Silvester’s claims that forensic tests led police to conclude the mushrooms in the infamous meal were responsible for the trio’s deaths.
Meanwhile, Heather Wilkinson will be honored at a public service on October 4 in Korumburra.
Members of the close-knit Korumburra Baptist Church met at a Korumburra bakery on Monday to plan the secret service.
The commemoration is expected to be similar to the one for the Pattersons on August 31, when more than 450 mourners gathered at the Korumburra Recreation Center to pay their respects to the beloved couple.
Mr. Wilkinson has not been seen in public since his release from Austin Hospital and it remains unknown whether he has spoken to homicide detectives.
On Monday, friends gathered around the 68-year-old and could be seen coming and going all day.
A home care provider has been in regular contact with Mr Wilkinson and is regularly visiting his home as he continues to try to recover sufficiently to attend next week’s memorial service.
A home carer visits Ian Wilkinson on Tuesday
Erin’s former in-laws Don and Gail Patterson (pictured) died a week after attending the luncheon
It remains unknown whether Mrs Wilkinson was buried while he was still recovering in hospital.
The Pattersons had been buried at a private service while he was still receiving treatment.
Wilkinson is expected to address mourners at the service, as Simon Patterson did for his parents last month.
Mr Wilkinson’s release from hospital is being treated as a miracle by his community.
Last Saturday – the same day a service was held at Korumburra Baptist Church where Mr Wilkinson is pastor – parishioners gathered to celebrate the news they had been praying for.
Simon Patterson, Don and Gail’s son and Erin’s estranged husband, sat in the front row for the service.
“Everyone in this community, and even in the suburbs, has been on their knees praying for his recovery and prayers are being answered,” one parishioner said. 7NEWS.
‘We all have questions, but hopefully they will get answers.
“The truth will come out and then we will all be able to relax in a way because then there will be closure.”
Simon Patterson paid tribute to his parents at a public memorial last month
The final resting place of Don and Gail Patterson
Mr Wilkinson’s family confirmed he was now making ‘significant progress’ at home.
“This milestone marks a moment of enormous relief and gratitude for Ian and the entire Wilkinson family,” they said.
Mr Wilkinson’s family have launched an appeal for donations, in lieu of flowers, to be made to Austin Hospital or via SIM Australia to Galmi Hospital in Niger, West Africa, a cause close to Heather’s heart.
Those who would like to make a donation in Heather’s memory are invited to go to the Mycause website or search for Mycause Heather Wilkinson.