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Michael Crockett: - Football Star; Falsely accused


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The danger of being a sports star:    Female complainant tarnished footballer’s reputation

Michael Crockett’s ex-girlfriend outlined the dangers - women target sports stars like Crockett. "I see them all the time. I work in a bar. I think these women see money, money, money because that's the biggest thing."






November 2008 - Reaction to case being dismissed.

Sitting with his parents in the public gallery, Michael Crockett let out a sigh of relief. He mouthed ``thank you'' to his barrister and clapped a hand on the shoulder of an NRL representative who accompanied him to court.

Michael Crockett’s sister, Melissa Crockett, says the female complainant has tarnished her brother’s reputation in pursuit of money. "That's Michael's career half gone because of her silly allegations - she was just wanting money," The thing I find disgusting about this whole thing is how she can make all these allegations and they hold back her name and her photo." She said her brother was relieved but the saga had impacted on the entire family

21 November 2008 - Case dismissed -
"demonstrably false".

Michael Crockett’s lawyer tells Sydney magistrate that rape claims made against New Zealand Warriors NRL player Michael Crockett defied logic and would not convince a jury

Mr Bellew said the older woman contradicted her sister's account of the morning's events on a number of key issues, and submitted that her testimony "in fact exculpates (Crockett)''. "The evidence is diametrically opposed,'' Mr Bellew told the court. "Within the crown's own case there's a direct internal inconsistency between the two accounts. "It is, in my respectful submission, simply contrary to common sense that (the alleged offences) could have happened."  Mr Bellew said the sister's evidence exposed a "tendency to embellish" by the alleged victim, and eroded her credibility, revealing the claims to be "demonstrably false".

Deputy Chief Magistrate Helen Syme said the prosecution case rested largely on the claimant's evidence, but "unusually" for a rape charge, also featured an eyewitness. She ruled the alleged victim's evidence, and that of her sister, was so inconsistent that a jury would not be satisfied she was telling the truth. She discharged Crockett

22 June 2008; Crockett’s ex girlfriend believes Crockett innocent

The former girlfriend of league star Michael Crockett who is facing rape charges in Australia says she believes the Warriors player is innocent. Keitiria McColl, 20, had been dating Crockett for just a month when the alleged incident happened.

She says Crockett was always romantic and a gentleman with her and their relationship involved a lot of "hanging out at home" with her parents, quiet walks along the beach and dinners out near her Mission Bay home. The couple split at Christmas due to McColl's personal issues and Crockett's transtasman life. She was angry he was unfaithful to her. 

But even now she says that she believes her former boyfriend is innocent. She says she knows only too well how women target sports stars like Crockett. "I see them all the time. I work in a bar. I think these women see money, money, money because that's the biggest thing."

16 June 2008; Committal hearing

Michael Crockett is facing a committal hearing in Sydney on rape charges. The hearing will determine whether there is enough evidence for Crockett to stand trial.

His alleged victim, 19, gave evidence in closed court

Her 21 year old sister who was present in the flat with both Crockett and the complainant she had not heard anything while in the apartment that morning to suggest her sister was distressed or in a situation she didn't want to be in. She agreed that losing her phone seemed to be the complainant’s primary concern. She was "shocked" at the rape claims.

Crockett is contesting the charges. He was supported by his parents and other family members. He sat silent behind his lawyer in the court

Crockett's lawyer Geoffrey Bellew told the Magistrate the evidence had not panned out as expected and raised the prospect that a jury would not be persuaded by the evidence. He has asked the magistrate to dismiss the charges on the grounds that the evidence is questionable.

April - June 2008; Crockett stays focussed on rugby league

Warriors rugby league wing Michael Crockett says a looming high-court trial will not affect his form after five tries in six reserve grade games earned him a recall against the Gold Coast Titans in April  He later has told how his on-field performances for the struggling league side helped him cope with the pressure of the rape charge hanging over his head.

9 April 2008 - Crockett to face committal hearing in June; Police outline case

Michael Crockett, was not at Court when the magistrate John Favretto ordered him to appear before a committal hearing on June 14.

Crockett is charged with two counts of having sex without consent with the woman, 19. He is contesting the charge. A solicitor, Laurie Gray, said the Crown would call three witnesses to give evidence. The alleged incidents took place at the end of a night out last August, after the Warriors played the Sydney Roosters at Aussie Stadium. Police said the rapes happened early on August 6 at an apartment the woman shared with her sister, 21, who was dating another Warriors player, Evarn Tuimavave. The players met the two women at 10.30pm on August 5 at Coogee Palace Hotel, police said. They went to a party at a Kings Cross night club then to the apartment where the rapes allegedly took place, police said

4 Sep 2007 - Court Appearance in Sydney

Crockett sat quietly during his brief appearance at the Downing Centre Local Court. He did not enter a plea and the Magistrate David Heilpern adjourned the matter until November 13. Crockett is excused from travelling from New Zealand to be in court the next time his case is mentioned, following a request from his lawyer Geoff Bellow

14 Aug 2007 -  Michael Crockett named in Warriors starting lineup

Crockett has been named in the Warriors starting line up for the next National Rugby League match. The New Zealand Warriors are confident Crockett will be able to put aside off-field controversy when he returns to the game. Coach Ivan Cleary said Crockett was coping well with what he had been through.

14 Aug 2007 - Michael Crockett charged with sexual assault

Michael Crockett flew to Sydney on Monday to be formally charged before being released on bail. Warriors chief executive Wayne Scurrah said there would be no further comment from the club because the matter was now before the courts.

10 Aug 2007 Investigations continuing

A New South Wales police spokesman said statements were still being taken and there was no decision on whether charges would follow. "Michael is certain he has done nothing wrong and he will be defending any allegation made against him," Warriors chief executive Wayne Scurrah said

8 Aug 2007; Allegations of rape made

Sydney police are investigating an allegation of sexual misconduct against New Zealand Warrior Michael Crockett. Crockett has been assisted in gaining access to legal advice. He strenuously denies the allegation and told the Warriors management he'd done nothing wrong. He was concerned he had been subject of a distraction for the team.


The allegations relate to after match celebrations, where Michael Crockett met the complainant. The pair left the group and the alleged incident is said to have happened some time afterwards, away from the hotel. The woman laid a complaint at Redfern police on Monday and the Warriors were advised then



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2008-1123 - NZ Herald - Player cleared

2008-1122 - NZ Herald - Ex-Warriors winger cleared in rape case

2008-1122 - Daily Post - NRL player's rape charges are dismissed

2008-1121 - SBS World News (Aus) - Rape charges dismissed

2008-1121 - ABC News (Aus) - Crockett has rape charges dismissed

2008-1121 - Daily Telegraph (Aus) - Michael Crockett cleared of rape

2008-1121 - One News - Crockett rape allegations dismissed

2008-1121 - Stuff - Rape charges against Warrior Crockett dismissed

2008-1121 - Otago Daily Times - Warrior's rape charges dismissed

2008-1121 - NZ Herald - Rape charges against Warriors player dismissed

2008-1121 - The Australian (Aus) - Rape charges dismissed against Crocker

2008-1121 - Daily Telegraph (Aus) - Sister 'shocked' by rape claims

2008-1121 - Otago Daily Times - Rape claims against Warrior defy logic - lawyer

2008-1121 - Herald Sun (Aus) - Rape claims against Crockett 'defy logic'

2008-0801 - NZ Herald - Michael Crockett's committal to resume in November

2008-0622 - NZ Herald - Ex believes Warrior is innocent of rape

2008-0618 - Newstalk ZB - Crockett dropped ahead of court appearance

2008-0617 - Dominion Post - Warrior in court

2008-0617 - NZ Herald - Lawyer challenges star's rape charges

2008-0616 - One News - Crockett rape case underway

2008-0616 - Stuff - Warrior Crockett in court on rape charges

2008-0616 - NZ Herald - Hearing begins in Crockett rape case

2008-0616 - Stuff - Warrior Crockett due in court on rape charges

2008-0616 - NZ Herald - Crockett due in court on rape charges

2008-0616 - (Aus) - Jury would not convict NRL star - lawyer

2008-0616 - Herald Sun (Aus) - Warriors league star Michael Crockett in rape case

2008-0616 - ABC News (Aus) - Warriors' Crockett faces court on rape charges

2008-0608 - Sunday News -  Warrior's rape case court date looms

2008-0424 - Stuff - Titans focus for recalled Crockett

2008-0423 - Newstalk ZB - Crockett out to prove his worth

2008-0410 - Dominion Post - Warrior rape hearing

2008-0409 - Newstalk ZB - Committal hearing for Crockett on rape charges

2008-0409 - Three News - Warriors' player set for June court appearance

2008-0409 - Nelson Mail - Crockett on rape charge

2008-0409 - Stuff - NZ Warrior contests Sydney rape charge

2008-0409 - NZ Herald - Warriors player to face hearing over rape charges

2008-0409 - NZ Herald - Crockett to contest rape charges

2007-0904 - NZ Herald - Warriors' Crockett in court on sex assault charges

2007-0904 - Stuff - Warriors winger appears on rape charges

2007-0904 - Daily Telegraph (Aus) - Michael Crockett in court on rape charges

2007-0815 - NZ Herald - Warriors confident Crockett won't be distracted

2007-0814 - Radio NZ - Crockett to play despite sexual assault charges

2007-0814 - Radio NZ - Crockett charged for sexual assault

2007-0814 - NZ Herald - Warriors player charged with sexual assault

2007-0810 - NZ Herald - Crockett yet to face charges

2007-0810 - NZ Herald - It's time to deal to distraction

2007-0809 - Radio NZ - Gallop concerned by Warriors incident

2007-0809 - Dominion Post - Assault claim rejected by Warrior

2007-0809 - NZ Herald - League: Crockett denies Sydney sex claim

2007-0808 - Radio NZ - Warriors standing by their man

2007-0808 - NZ Herald - Warriors player denies sex assault claim