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Friday, May 26, 2006

Innocent until proven guilty

Front page news today from the Dominion Post (Wellington, NZ)

The three men acquitted of raping Louise Nicholas will stand trial for the sexual abuse of another woman.

It can now be revealed that Assistant Police Commissioner Clint Rickards and former policemen Brad Shipton and Bob Schollum face further charges relating to alleged sexual offending in the 1980s.

The existence of the second complaint had been suppressed since the men were charged in March last year, but The Dominion Post has won a court battle to make the information public.

Rickards, Shipton and Schollum were acquitted in March of 20 sex charges relating to Mrs Nicholas, who said she had been raped, and violated with a police baton, as an 18-year-old.

Well, we must let justice run its course I guess.

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