Otago Daily Times

New claim against El­lis

- Crime · White-collar Crime · Child Abuse · Discrimination · Sexual Abuse · Violence and Abuse · Society · Human Rights · Christchurch

WELLINGTON: Fresh al­le­ga­tions have been made against for­mer Christchur­ch Civic Creche worker Peter El­lis.

He al­ways main­tained his in­no­cence af­ter be­ing found guilty of 16 counts of sex­ual abuse in 1993.

El­lis ap­pealed twice to the Court of Ap­peal. The first ap­peal quashed three of the con­vic­tions. The se­cond ap­peal, against the 13 re­main­ing con­vic­tions, was dis­missed in 1999.

He died in Septem­ber last year, two months af­ter his right to ap­peal those re­main­ing con­vic­tions was granted by the Supreme Court.

A Supreme Court hear­ing yes­ter­day, re­vealed that a new com­plainant had made his­tor­i­cal al­le­ga­tions.

Cer­tain de­tails have been sup­pressed.

The com­plaint was made to po­lice in Fe­bru­ary last year and the Crown was told in Septem­ber of that year.

The judges ad­journed the hear­ing and an­other will be held into the mat­ter. — RNZ

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