Allegations of abuse by NZ Police
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· Dewar rejected the notion Schollum, Shipton and Mr Rickards were close friends. "They weren't known to me. But even if they were it wouldn't have made any difference to the decision that I would have made. "If a complaint had been made to me I would have acted on it, I would have investigated."
· Dewar denied he was supporting the accused in the 2004-05 Mt Maunganui pack rape trial when he attended the hearing, pointing out it was being conducted by the same team which were accusing him of a cover-up. "It's the old adage. Get to know your enemy. I wanted to know the strengths and weaknesses of the investigating team. "I was there because you were there," he told Mr Stanaway.
· Dewar was frustrated Mrs Nicholas had been painted as a liar in another sex case with the defence accusing her of fantasising. "When Louise Nicholas says she has sex with police officers - she has sex with police officers."
· In response to allegations from a witness with name suppression that she had group sex with Shipton and himself, Dewar said: "I never met her until depositions. I can't say more about her, I simply don't know her."
· Asked if he had ever been offered sexually as "a gift" to anyone - as alleged earlier in the trial - he replied: "No, not yet."
· Earlier defence counsel Paul Mabey told the jury Dewar wasn't a criminal just because he didn't do things by the book.
· And he warned them to disregard case publicity. "The media are only interested in the good bits."
Mr Mabey appealed to the jury to consider carefully the inconsistencies within Mrs Nicholas' evidence, including contradictory statements she made about whether the three men had raped her
He also says the motive presented by the Crown is “lame”: that he was covering up for his mates. "I'll be submitting to you that it is so thin, so unreliable and so inherently incredible, that you'll reject it," Paul Mabey says
Prosecutor Brent Stanaway said Dewar "deliberately and arrogantly" manipulated Louise Nicholas and the trials of a former policeman in order to protect his mates. He "persuaded and deflected Louise Nicholas's desire to complain about Mr Rickards, Shipton and Schollum"
Mr Stanaway told Dewar that he had "manipulated the evidence in the way you investigated the case in order to protect Louise Nicholas and in order to manufacture the outcome of the `former policeman's' trial." Dewar replied "I didn't manipulate anything." If at any time Mrs Nicholas wanted to make a complaint, it would have been investigated but she would not talk to him about it, he said.
Earlier Dewar said he was "shocked, surprised and concerned" when Mrs Nicholas made the allegations of rape against the three men in the second retrial. Dewar said he asked Mrs Nicholas afterwards if the allegations were true but she did not answer. Dewar said he thought Mrs Nicholas had lied under oath and decided not to push the issue because she could have been charged with perjury.
Mr Stanaway said despite hearing on at least two occasions Mrs Nicholas say under oath her allegations of sexual misconduct, Dewar did nothing. Dewar said he faced a dilemma as he had heard Mrs Nicholas give evidence in trials where he knew she was lying.
In a heated cross examination, crown prosecutor Brent Stanaway asked why Dewar had sat in the public gallery for the rape trials of Rickards, Shipton, Schollum - accusing him of being there to support his friends
John Dewar has taken the stand in his High Court trial, saying Louise Nicholas never told Police about her rape allegations. Dewar said that Mrs Nicholas never told Police she had been raped by Bob Schollum, Brad Shipton and Clint Rickards. The former Rotorua CIB chief has also categorically refuted allegations, that he attempted to block the course of justice "I categorically refute that allegation. I have always carried out my duties according to my oath without fear or favour,"
Dewar spent much of the morning telling the jury about close friends and even family members he investigated and charged during his police career. He also said the trio were not his close friends and that Nicholas never pushed a complaint. "They weren't known to me. But even if they were it wouldn't have made any difference to the decision that I would have made. If a complaint had been made to me I would have acted on it, I would have investigated," he said
Evidence at the trial has been given by a woman who says Dewar had been involved in group sex sessions as well. Dewar said “I'd never had group sex with Shipton and any woman.”