The Christchurch Civic Creche Case

News Reports Index

1993 Jan-May

Sunday News
June 20 1993

How competent?
Letter to the Editor
Name and address supplied

Several years ago I served on the "ultimate" jury - murder. The trial went for six days. The 8 x 12 photographs of the more than 50 injuries to the deceased were very graphic, as was the verbal evidence.

I had difficulty sleeping. I had the odd nightmare. Concentrating on anything but the trial was difficult. However, when the trial was over, I filled my jury service under life experience and got on with my life. I did not need to see a doctor. I certainly did not need counselling.

As the jury on the Christchurch Civic Child Care case needed both, I wonder how competent they were to bring in a verdict?