The Christchurch Civic Creche Case

News Reports Index

1993 Jan-May

The Press
19 March, 1993

Creche case applications begin

The High Court yesterday began hearing applications which will decide the nature of the court proceedings to be faced by four former workers at the Christchurch Civic Childcare Centre.

Mr Justice Williamson restricted publication of details about the applications to a description of their broad nature.

Over the next week the court will consider applications seeking separate trials for the four charged.
It will also consider applications which seek to have some evidence declared inadmissible.

Other applications seek directions on the way complainants should give their evidence and the discharge of certain of the accused.

His Honour also gave directions on the way counsel should proceed with an application seeking the High Court review of the decision by the District Court to commit the childcare workers to trial.
Peter Hugh McGregor Ellis, aged 34, Gaye Jocelyn Davidson, aged 39, Janice Virginia Buckingham, aged 45, and Mane Keys, aged 43, have denied charges they sexually abused children in their care at the creche.

Deborah Janet Gillespie was this month discharged on the one remaining charge against her.

The discharge came after the prosecution indicated a complainant had been withdrawn from the case by her parents.