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Nicholas case leaflet referred to police

A leaflet about the Louise Nicholas rape trial, circulated in Wellington today, has been referred to the Solicitor-General and the police.

The leaflet was handed out by women at Wellington railway station and referred to matters suppressed at the trial at which one serving and two former police officers were found not guilty of a variety of sexual offences against Mrs Nicholas in Rotorua 20 years ago.

The accused men were Assistant Commissioner Clint Rickards and former officers Bob Schollum and Brad Shipton who faced a three week jury trial in the High Court at Auckland.

Mr Schollum’s lawyer, Paul Mabey, QC, said he had referred the leaflet to Solicitor-General Terence Arnold, QC, and the police.

“It’s in their hands,” he said.

“All I can do is bring it to their attention, which I have, and they’re the enforcement authorities. It’s up to them what they do.”

A spokeswoman for the Crown Law Office said the matter was one for the police.

“It is a breach of a suppression order, which is a criminal offence,” she said.

She also suggested that Mr Mabey could go back to the court that imposed the suppression order.

“It’s a serious breach,” she said.

The spokeswoman said she had heard the women had given out about 1600 leaflets so far.

No-one was available for comment from Wellington police.

Hey! These girls probably have children to look after. Just leave them alone you big bullies. They are only trying to help one of their sisters from being seen as a conniving, spoilt, lying bitch.

I just can’t wait to see how this will be handled. It’s going to be so tough for the Police to come down heavy on the four little women who just don’t believe there was a fair trial. IMO the police had political pressure put on them to prosecute in the first place. A lot of people in high places would not have been happy with the “peoples” decision.

Does the public have a right to know the suppressed information? These are the interesting and intriguing areas of the justice system. I am sure it was important that the jury didn’t see it. In sex cases there is traditionally lots of material that cannot be used as it evokes strong emotion rather than sober facts.

However, now that it’s out there I want to see it’s contents………….

Update: If you know how to research, peterellis site will tell you more than the Wellington pamphet will.