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