26 February, 1993.
Assault of creche worker not proved
A man charged with
assaulting the male defendant in the Christchurch Civic Child Care Centre
child abuse case last year has had the charge against him dismissed.
After hearing all evidence Judge Costigan in the Christchurch District Court
yesterday ruled that there was no prima facie case for the defendant to
The defendant Alexander James Bass, aged 21, had pleaded not guilty to a
charge that he assaulted Peter Hugh McGregor Ellis in November last year.
Evidence was given that early in the morning of November 8 a group of four
men broke into Ellis's flat and assaulted him and a flatmate, David Allan
In initial testimony Mr Rickard said that he had seen Bass throw a punch at
Under cross-examination he conceded that the circumstances of the attack had
been confused and that he could not recall seeing Bass attack Ellis.
The attackers had been both drunk and angry.
He had been hit in the face and knocked to the floor in a defensive posture
early in the attack.
Peter Ellis testified that he had been in bed asleep on the morning of the
He got up when he heard angry voices and began to go to the connecting door
between the lounge and kitchen.
He had at first just heard noises and arguing, but nothing specific, he said.
When he neared the door he realised that the mood of the visitors was angry
He had heard the glass in the front door smashing and had gone back into the
kitchen to ring the polite for help.
He had then been assaulted and could only recall two of his assailants
These two, former next door neighbours had been convicted in earlier
He was unable to recognise the defendant as one of his attackers in this
Ellis had suffered cuts and abrasions to his right arm and hand a cut across
his nose and extensive bruising.
He had lost his glasses at some stage when he was being assaulted by the men.
During the attack he had been knocked from a standing position on to a sofa
and then on to the floor.
He had been hit about the head with two rough cut fence pilings punched and
The injuries had not been treated at Christchurch Hospital
which had been very busy when he had sought medical attention. The injuries
had been treated at the Bealev
Avenue medical centre the next day.