New claims aim to clear Lang­lands

The Sunday Mail (Queensland) - - NEWS - PHIL ROTHFIELD

THE fam­ily of the late Graeme “Changa” Lang­lands has un­cov­ered in­for­ma­tion the rugby league leg­end was not liv­ing on the Gold Coast when he al­legedly in­de­cently dealt with a girl in the 1980s.

Lang­lands’ daugh­ter Monique has for­warded a statu­tory dec­la­ra­tion to the fam­ily’s le­gal team show­ing he lived in Wol­lon­gong in 1982.

Lang­lands was charged in Novem­ber last year with six counts of in­de­cent deal­ing with a girl un­der 16 on the Gold Coast be­tween March and June 1982.

He was suf­fer­ing from de­men­tia and was un­able to ap­pear in a Bris­bane court in De­cem­ber to sign bail doc­u­ments be­cause he was too un­well. The crim­i­nal pro­ceed­ings were then sus­pended and the case re­ferred to the Men­tal Health Court.

It has now been re­vealed Lang­lands spent that year in Wol­lon­gong as the Illawarra Steel­ers’ Pres­i­dent’s Cup coach.

Illawarra’s former chief ex­ec­u­tive and cur­rent NSWRL board mem­ber Bob Mill­ward has pro­vided a statu­tory dec­la­ra­tion to the Lang­lands fam­ily le­gal team to con­firm he lived in Wol­lon­gong.

“The com­pe­ti­tion started in March of that year and the team went through to the semi-fi­nals,” he said. “There has been a statu­tory dec­la­ra­tion pro­vided to Lang­lands’ daugh­ter Monique to con­firm that.

“He was def­i­nitely liv­ing in Wol­lon­gong that year and coach­ing our Pres­i­dent’s Cup side.

“There is even a photo in our an­nual re­port from that year with Chang and some of the play­ers at train­ing,” Mr Mill­ward said.

Lang­lands died on Jan­u­ary 20, aged 76, at the Suther­land Shire nurs­ing home.

The Sun­day Mail un­der­stands the ev­i­dence that he coached in Wol­lon­gong was passed to po­lice a week be­fore he died.

“We will not rest un­til this mat­ter has been cleared up and our fa­ther’s name has been cleared,” a spokesman for the fam­ily said.

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