This case has been included on this site for two reasons
(1) The case is another example of the power of the police to perpetrate harm.
If police officers make up their own minds who is guilty before they
investigate, and from that time on fail to carry out their duties to
thoroughly investigate, or alternatively only seek out evidence that
"fits" their pre-judgement, miscarriages of justice are very
likely to occur.
Readers who have followed the Ellis case will see remarkable similarities
to the similar incompetent police investigations associated with the
(2) Three teenage girls were
wrongfully imprisoned as a result of this case. They were eventually freed.
What is disturbing since, is the
extremely mean spirited offer of compensation that the (Labour) Government
has offered the girls. It
appears that Phil Goff has absolutely no comprehension of the trauma and
harm done to the wrongfully convicted, and especially the consequences on
young teenagers affected by such injustice.