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March 28 2008; 10:52

Ellis believes inquiry decision inevitable

Peter Ellis says the Government's decision to turn down his latest bid for a Royal Commission of Inquiry is inevitable.

Mr Ellis has always maintained his innocence after being convicted of molesting children at the Christchurch Civic Creche in the early 1990s. He served two-thirds of a 10-year jail sentence.

His lawyer Judith Ablett-Kerr made the request for a Commission of Inquiry after two recent publications which she claims back-up his case. One cast doubt on the questioning techniques used with child complainants.

Mr Ellis says he is not surprised the inquiry has been rejected, as he has heard not a lot of work was done on the request. He also describes Associate Justice Minister Rick Barker as a light-weight.