evidence existed: police - 28th April 2004
The Sydney Morning Herald)
Police investigating rape allegations against six
Bulldogs NRL players say there's evidence a rape occurred.
whether there was any evidence of rape physically,
Strike Force head Jason Breton replied: "Yes."
he said there was insufficient evidence to pursue
charges against any players.
20-year-old woman accused up to six players of gang
raping her beside the pool of the Pacific Bay Resort
in Coffs Harbour after a pre-season match on February
22 this year.
announced they would not lay charges against anyone
involved with the club.
Breton said proving rape cases can be difficult because
the evidence can be the same as consensual sex.
always hard to talk about evidence of rape because
rape's an offence, sexual intercourse isn't but the
evidence can be the same," he said.
Breton said at the time of the original complaint
there was physical evidence that backed up the woman's
was evidence consistent with her version as of the
date of complaint, that is, physical evidence consistent
of her version," he said.
as the investigation progressed, issues arose that
did not fit with the original complaint.
thing is there were substantial holes in some witness
accounts, there were some alibis which when discovered
were checked out and became evidence against the original
version (and) there were some timelines that didn't
match up," he said.
kinds of problems with evidence often occurred with
cases of serious sexual assault, he said.
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