Otago Daily Times

New claim against Ellis


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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