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Mon 24th November 2008

Woman so obviously lying case is struck out

Filed under: General — Vman @ 4:52 pm

The case was struck out but (a) it should never have gone to trial in the first place and (b) what about perjury?

From http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2008/11/21/2426849.htm?section=sport

Rape charges against New Zealand Warriors NRL player Michael Crockett have been dismissed by a Sydney court.

Crockett, 25, fronted a committal hearing on Friday at Sydney’s Downing Centre Local Court on three sex charges.

The diminutive winger was accused of raping a 19-year-old woman whom he met at a nightclub during after-game celebrations in August last year.

However, Deputy Chief Magistrate Helen Syme has ruled the alleged victim’s evidence, and that of her sister, was so inconsistent that a jury would not be satisfied she was telling the truth.

“In my view, there are a number of inconsistencies in the complainant’s evidence that may wield difficulties for the prosecution case,” she said.

“I’m therefore of the view that a jury, properly instructed in relation to the evidence in this matter would not convict the accused of the charges brought and for those reasons, I propose to discharge him.”

Crockett sighed and mouthed “thank you” to his lawyer.

He refused to comment as he left the court.

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