Article Title:Ellis testimonies now on web
Category:New Zealand Daily News
Author or News Staff
Published on:13th August 2003 - 12:00 pm
Story ID:1977
Text:Publisher Barry Colman has published further testimonies from children in the Peter Ellis case on the internet, in a bid to show just how much information was not given to the jury in the original Ellis trial. Peter Ellis was convicted on 16 counts of abusing seven children at the Christchurch Civic Creche, despite the fact there was no physical evidence, and there were no adult eye witnesses. He was convicted solely on the testimony of seven young children. The website also highlights the fact that the oldest and most credible of these child witnesses later retracted her allegations, saying that she had lied because she thought that was what her mother and the interviewer wanted her to say. Justice Minister Phil Goff dismissed the testimonies when Colman published excerpts in Sunday papers recently, saying that there was no evidence that hadn't already been considered in both the original trial and subsequent appeals.    
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