The Christchurch Civic Creche Case

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1993 Jan-May

The Press
February 10 1993

Submissions suppressed

A District Court judge yesterday suppressed submissions by counsel for the defence and the Crown on the evidence against five former Christchurch Civic Childcare Centre workers.

Judge Anderson, acting on an application by all counsel in the case, made an interim order suppressing the submissions which are expected to continue throughout today.

Videotaped disclosure interviews with complainants were suppressed by statute, but any other material would be suppressed to prevent the submissions prejudicing any future proceedings, the judge said.

The hearing, now in its 11th week, is being held to determine if five former crèche workers should go to trial on charges that they committed indecencies against some children in their care.

Peter Hugh McGregor Ellis, aged 34, faces 45 charges. Gaye Jocelyn Davidson, aged 39, Janice Virginia Buckingham, aged 45, and Marie-Keys, aged 43, each face four charges. Deborah Janet Gillespie, aged 30, faces three charges.

The suppression order could be lifted in the event of further proceedings or the defendants being discharged, the judge said.

He said some of the submissions were potentially emotional and inflammatory.

Mr Gerald Nation, for the women defendants, began his submissions at the start of the hearing yesterday.

He will be followed by Mr Robert Harrison, for Ellis, and then counsel for the. Crown will make submissions.