February 20 1993
April Trial For Creche Accused
A trial involving
some or all of the five former Christchurch Civic Childcare Centre workers charged
with indecencies against children in their care has been scheduled to begin
on April 26.
After a pre-trial conference in the Christchurch High Court yesterday, which
was closed to the news media, Mr Justice Williamson released a minute
outlining the directions given by the court.
Under the schedule set down by the court, the Crown has until March 5 to
finalise the charges it will lay against the accused. The charges will be
filed in the High Court and served on the accused through counsel.
The hearing of pre-trial applications must be started by March 15.
Peter Hugh McGregor Ellis, aged 34, was committed to the High Court for trial
on 42 charges earlier this month after a preliminary hearing lasting 11
Marie Keys, Gave Davidson, and Janice Buckingham have been committed on four
charges each, and Deborah Gillespie on two charges.