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Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Roast Pork


The thing I am really looking forward to is the roasting we can start of the Police department when all the suppressed information about the 3 rape trials is finally dropped, oh will we roast pork then.

Um, just one question to Mrs Shipton – where is your husband right now love? And you swore on your daughters life that your husband isn’t a gang raping police officer who has some weird ritualistic need to insert things into women. On your daughters life?

Shipton's wife stunned as cousin rebuts evidence
Former policeman Brad Shipton shuddered in the dock while his wife Sharon wept in the witness stand yesterday after it was revealed her cousin had arrived to directly challenge their alibi. His shudder soon turned to tears as Crown prosecutor Brent Stanaway took the couple from surprise to shock in a few short sentences at the police sex trial. The Crown had recalled Mrs Shipton for further cross-examination on her sworn evidence in Shipton's defence that they were on a month-long holiday with her cousin in Wanganui in February 1984 during the period the offences he is charged with allegedly took place. Mr Stanaway said they had checked this evidence out with Mrs Shipton's cousin, Christine Filer, who completely disagreed with it. This, Mrs Shipton said, left her "totally stunned". Then Mr Stanaway said Mrs Filer, who now lives in Australia, was about to appear in the High Court at Auckland as a rebuttal witness for him. Again, Mrs Shipton was stunned: "I thought she was going to be a witness for the defence." Mr Stanaway then said the cousin would say Mrs Shipton had rung her after giving the evidence last week and said that if asked about the holiday by police, she should say she didn't remember. At this, Mrs Shipton burst into tears: "As God strikes me down I never said such a thing. I cannot believe Christine would say such a thing. I wish I could look her in the eye." Shipton's body was shuddering as Mr Stanaway interrupted: "I take it from that you deny it." Mrs Shipton: "On my daughter's life." Mr Stanaway had more: Mrs Filer would say Mrs Shipton had told her during the phone call that it would be better if Mrs Filer, who was on holiday in Perth, stayed away from her Brisbane home where the police would be trying to get in touch. "Oh, good heavens no," Mrs Shipton cried. "This is like a mad movie. Oh my God." Shipton's body continued to shudder and his fingers tightly gripped the bridge of his nose. Mr Stanaway told Mrs Shipton all this pointed to her evidence being the "jack-up" he had earlier said it was. More tears from Mrs Shipton, and the same denial: "I said it [on Monday] and I will go to my grave saying it. This is a jack-up but not on my part. I would move mountains if the truth could be told." Shipton clasped his hands together and rested his forehead on them, his head down and eyes closed.

Then Mr Stanaway was finished.

6 Comments:

At 28/2/07 10:12 am, Anonymous TJ said...

This looks bad for Shipton. However, even if Schollum and Shipton go down for this, I would not be surprised if Rickards is acquitted...John Haigh has done a reasonable job of creating reasonable doubt regarding his client.

Based on other evidence I have heard regarding Clint Rickards, I'd suggest that he is guilty of a lot of shocking stuff...but possibly not so in this case...

Problem is, that if he is acquitted in this case, and there are further charges pending, Haigh will have a striongly arguable case that his client is unable to recieve a fair trial based on public perception - the "where there's smoke..." principle...

 
At 28/2/07 10:58 am, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good on the cousin for being a truthful woman. Let the truth be told and the liars be exposed!

 
At 28/2/07 1:00 pm, Anonymous deano said...

Hah. It looks bad for you if even your own kin won't back you up in court.

Another surprising part of the case is how Mrs. Shipton is clearly prepared to go to great lengths to defend her husband, even perjuring herself it seems. With all the allegations against him and the multiple cases it seems pretty clear he has a proclivity for this kind of stuff.

 
At 1/3/07 12:58 pm, Anonymous deano said...

I see they just got off- WTF?

 
At 1/3/07 2:10 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Unfortunately Deano they can only convict on the evidence proffered, and in this case it was a "he said she said" argument.

Having said that, I hope the bastard Rickard never ever wears a police uniform again.

 
At 1/3/07 2:46 pm, Anonymous TJ said...

That presents an interesting issue in itself, Rickards has been acquitted twice, why should he not recieve his job back? From an employment law perspective it wuld certainly be unjustified dismissal were he to be effectively fired based on unproven allegations...

 

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