Truth will out says ac­cused

The Daily Telegraph (Sydney) - - Federal Politics - SO­NIA KOHLBACHER

A DOC­TOR ac­cused of be­ing in­volved in an al­leged ab­duc­tion ring that helped moth­ers kid­nap and hide their chil­dren says he is look­ing for­ward to the truth com­ing out.

William Rus­sell Mass­ing­ham Prid­geon, 64, from Grafton, yes­ter­day faced Bris­bane Mag­is­trates Court where mag­is­trate An­nette Hen­nessy moder­ated his bail con­di­tions.

He is ac­cused of help­ing two moth­ers abduct and dis­guise their chil­dren, as one of sev­eral peo­ple in an al­leged net­work that evaded de­tec­tion for a decade. Out­side court, Prid­geon (pic­tured) said: “I’m look­ing very for­ward to the truth of this mat­ter com­ing out be­cause the crimes in­volved here are hor­ren­dous, OK, and the crimes have been cov­ered up by many peo­ple who shouldn’t have. I’m look­ing for­ward to ex­pos­ing that and I in­tend to.”

Po­lice al­lege Prid­geon was the main fi­nan­cial backer and plan­ner to help the women, con­trary to fam­ily law orders.

He is dis­put­ing two counts of con­spir­acy to de­feat jus­tice and deal­ing in the pro­ceeds of crime and two counts of child steal­ing and un­law­ful stalk­ing.

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