Television New Zealand
June 11 1993
Reporter Cliff Joiner
The reasons why the three female Civic Child Care Centre workers
who were acquitted of the one remaining charge of being a party to sexually
abusing a child in their care were originally suppressed. Today after an
application by TVNZ the judge agreed to make public his decision.
00:00 (LCT) 6 April 1993 SLOW MOTION Marie
Keys, Gaye Davidson and Janice Buckingham leave the High Court in
Christchurch with flowers in their hands
V/O REPORTER re the reasons why the three female Civic Child Care Centre
workers who were acquitted of the one remaining charge of being a party to
sexually abusing a child in their care were originally suppressed, today
after an application by TVNZ the judge agreed to make public his decision .
00:14 LS through small window into the court
showing Justice Williamson .
00:21 (LCT) WS three female creche workers
cross the road to the court
V/O REPORTER re the women had been charged as being parties to an indecent
act performed by Peter Ellis on a boy, the Crown claimed that this child gave
evidence that he was taken to a house and along with other naked children was
made to stand in the middle of a circle and kick each other, it was alleged
that the women watched and laughed .
00:36 CU drawings done by complainant child X,
showing the circle and the position of the adults .
00:50 GRAPHIC reasons for the discharge,
insufficient evidence that a jury could convict, the jury may judge the three
accused on the basis that they should have been alerted by Peter Ellis'
sexual statements, the delay in the trial could have resulted in hardship for
the child who would have to give evidence .
01:22 (LCT) WS TRACKING SHOT backwards, three
women creche workers walk towards CAMERA .
01:27 REPORTER Cliff Joiner to CAMERA .