Australia: a haven for rapists?
'Allo, 'allo, 'allo - what have we here then?
Trial for former policeman on sex charges
A former police officer extradited from Australia on historic rape and sexual abuse charges was today sent for trial in the High Court.
The man, whose name is suppressed, faces allegations from two girls, then aged between 12 and 16, comprising four counts of indecent assault and one of rape, all in Rotorua in 1980.
In the High Court at Wellington today, Justice Ronald Young remanded the man for trial from June 26 with pre-trial matters to be considered before then.
Bail was today continued, but Justice Young was to make a decision on its conditions later this week.
The man had over two decades of service in the New Zealand police.
Not sure if it can be added to the John Dewar File or not.
I wonder why this extradiction from Oz went smoothly, whereas getting Catholic kiddy-fiddlers back to face the music is fraught with inherent unfairness and so they should be free in West Island according to Australian federal courts?
On Friday, Justice Rodney Madgwick ruled that aspects of the New Zealand judicial system and the length of time since the allegations would make it difficult for the men to receive a fair trial.
He said despite the seriousness and distressing quality of the allegations, it would be unjust for the extradition to go ahead.
"(There is) very likely to be a high degree of unfairness to the applicants," Justice Madgwick wrote in his judgment.
"Further, such trials would occur without the guarantee of a strong warning by the judge to the jury as to the very real problems in meeting such old allegations.
"In Australia the applicants would have such a guarantee; Australian courts would not permit any such trial to occur without such a warning being given."
Ahhh... so fucking what. I hope the NZ authorities appeal this slanderous ruling.