00:00 I/V Debbie Gillespie, former worker at
the Civic Child Care Centre in
00:04 (SF) GVs
empty playground of the Civic Child Care Centre creche,
00:25 (LCT) 4 September 1992
00:16 WS four creche workers Janice Buckingham,
Marie Keys, Gaye Davidson and Debbie Gillespie arrive at court .
00:22 I/V Debbie Gillespie re her reaction to
being arrested, re total shock and disbelief I just never in a million years
thought that that would happen, I didn't think it would go that far, I think
the only way to describe it is being in total shock .
00:37 GRAPHIC initial charges faced by Debbie
Gillespie, committing an offence in a public place with Peter Ellis, indecent
assault, sexual violation .
00:46 (LCT) police van arrives at court with
accused women .
00:50 (LCT) Debbie Gillespie goes into the
court when first charged (IDENTITY OBSCURED) .
00:50 I/V Debbie Gillespie re it is an
incredibly emotive issue, I mean if you were charged with theft or fraud or
something like that then I am sure the emotion would not be the same, and it
is just public outrage and horror that something like that might have gone
on, I don't really expect to be physically abused in public but I would
expect verbal abuse, I don't even feel strong enough to cope with that .
01:19 GVs four accused former creche workers
(Janice Buckingham, Marie Keys, Gaye Davidson and Debbie Gillespie) get into
van to get to the pre trial hearing
01:52 I/V Debbie Gillespie re I feel like they
have decided what has happened and made the case to fit that, I really feel that
they are not interested in the truth .
02:00 GVs friends of accused women gather for
a cup of tea
02:28 I/V Debbie Gillespie re I can't believe
that these people really think that I would have done things not necessarily
with their child but knew of abuse that was going on and did nothing about
it, or I have actually abused children myself .
02:41 WS four accused women walk towards CAMERA
and into pre trial hearing .
02:50 GVs INT pre trial hearing-room .
02:59 I/V Debbie Gillespie re yes, I can
definitely see why they would be upset, if they were true, or there was any
evidence to suggest that they were true .
03:11 (LCT) 11 February 1993 WS women leave
court after END of pre trial hearing
where Gillespie and the three other women are sent to trial .
03:24 (LCT) 11 February 1993 Gerald Nation, defence
lawyer reads a statement to the press re every step will now be taken on
their behalf that ultimately justice is done .
03:31 I/V Debbie Gillespie re standing on the
step listening to Gerald read the press release and all the people standing
around I just felt like I was in a daze, I just really could not believe it
was happening .
03:45 WS Debbie Gillespie walks out of court
and speaks to CAMERA re I am obviously very very relieved, I have a lot of
mixed feelings and I'm extremely conscious of the ordeal that the other
innocent women have yet to go through, so yeah, I've a lot of mixed feelings
at the moment. I/V Debbie Gillespie
re no I don't (feel like a free woman) .
04:12 I/V Gerald Nation, lawyer re it has been
a difficult time for months, it is over in one sense but in lots of ways it
is not for this woman and I just ask you all to leave her alone .
04:37 I/V Nancy Gillespie, mother re what does
she do for the rest of her life, her life is ruined .
04:42 I/V Murray Gillespie, father re our
concern is that it is so easy to accuse someone and as has been explained in
court the accuser can slip out from underneath without any qualms whatsoever
05:07 I/V Debbie Gillespie re in the eyes of a
lot of people we will never be innocent ever, they will just say that they
did not have enough evidence to get them .
05:13 GVs Debbie Gillespie feeding ducks next