Article Title:Goff again says no to Ellis inquiry
Category:New Zealand Daily News
Author or News Staff
Published on:3rd August 2003 - 12:00 pm
Story ID:1968
Text:Justice Minister Phil Goff has again said no to a commission of inquiry over the Peter Ellis case, saying that the childrens testimonies published in nationwide Sunday papers this morning contain nothing that wasn't either heard by the jury or cross-examined. Children's Commissioner Roger McClay sought legal advice to stop publisher Barry Colman from releasing the testimonies, saying he had “grave concerns that the childrens rights are being breached”. The testimonies published today identifies each child only by a letter, and any other details contained in the transcripts that would identify each child have been censored. Contrary to Goff's assertions, nearly half of the published transcripts were not played to the jury. These transcripts contain bizarre and graphic allegations involving satanic ritual abuse in secret rooms and cages perpetrated by Ellis, Ellis' mother, female creche workers, and gangs of male friends of Ellis dressed in black suits with names such as “Bolderhead” and “Spike”. At one point during an interview not played to the jury, a child says, “Yeah, that's all I have to tell you because that's all I can remember."    
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