The Christchurch Civic Creche Case

News Reports Index

1993 Jan-May

The Press
May 5 1993

Jury told to disregard headline

A High Court judge yesterday directed the jury in the trial of a childcare worker on sexual abuse charges to disregard a headline that appeared in "The Press" yesterday.

Mr Justice Williamson referred the jury to the report of the trial proceedings and a headline that read, "Mother disbelieved crèche daughter".

The headline was inaccurate because -the mother in her evidence had actually said the details of abuse indicated by her daughter had thrown her to such an extent that they had taken her a year to acknowledge, His Honour said. She had said she did not want to believe what she was seeing.

The woman's evidence was correctly summarised in the report of the case.