Article Title:Teenagers will testify against Ellis
Category:New Zealand Daily News
Author or News Staff
Published on:24th August 2003 - 12:00 pm
Story ID:1994
Text:Teenagers who have expressed a desire to testify against Peter Ellis in a parliamentary select committee hearing will have access to the financial support they need for legal representation. Commissioner for Children Roger McClay, outraged over publisher Barry Colman's $20,000 ad campaign in national newspapers which aimed to expose childrens' testimonies as ludicrous, offered to help pay for the teenagers' expenses from a fund gifted to his office to help the victims of child abuse. Mr McClay had said he did not have $20,000 "like big powerful people" who supported Ellis, but there were "a few dollars" available from the fund. But Colman yesterday put paid to the tacit allegations of bias, saying that he would be willing to pay half of teenagers' expenses. "Any money I have spent so far has been to flush out the truth and to get to the bottom of this Peter Ellis affair," he said. "If I can do something to throw even more light on this issue I would be glad to help."    
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