New claims aim to clear Langlands
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.