The Courier-Mail

Police blocked from ‘rape’ interview

- SAMANTHA MAIDEN

POLICE top brass blocked a request by NSW sex crimes detectives to travel to Adelaide to interview the woman who alleged she was raped by former Attorney-General Christian Porter during COVID-19 border closures.

The new revelation­s are contained in a 69-page dossier of documents produced after a demand from NSW parliament that also reveal for the first time that police emailed the woman for a welfare check and about making a statement following multiple delays – just two days before she died by suicide.

Mr Porter rejects the 1988 rape allegation as completely false and has commenced defamation action against the ABC over the original report of the matter.

Previously, it was known the woman told police on June 23 she did not want to proceed for “health and personal reasons” with a complaint, but it was not known that NSW police contacted her on June 22. She died by suicide on June 24, 2020.

Despite a warning that Mr Porter was “a very high-profile POI (person of interest) and a detailed statement is required” and confirmati­on the travel request was approved by the NSW Police Sex Crimes squad commander, it was ultimately knocked back three days later on March 13, 2020, due to “insufficie­nt detail” to justify the trip.

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