The Christchurch Civic Creche Case

News Reports

2001 Jan-June

The Dominion
March 13 2001

Decision time today on Ellis pardon plea

Former Christchurch Civic Crèche worker Peter Ellis will know today whether he is to be pardoned after an eight-year battle against his convictions for child abuse.

Neither Ellis, who served seven years for 13 abuse charges, nor his supporters are confident, mainly because Justice Minister Phil Goff opted for a narrow ministerial inquiry into interviewing techniques, rather than a full commission of inquiry.

This has meant a very legal-oriented review by inquiry head former Chief Justice Sir Thomas Eichelbaum, critics say.

Ellis, who has twice had his case declined by the Court of Appeal, has always maintained his innocence.