Friday, June 18, 2021

Cabinet minister at centre of historical rape claims to address allegations

NSW Police has ended its investigation into a historical rape allegation made against a Cabinet minister.
The allegations date back to 1988 when the woman involved was 16 and visiting Sydney.
The unnamed Cabinet minister is expected to address the allegations in front of media tomorrow, Nine Political Editor Chris Uhlmann has said.
The woman took her own life last June, before making an official complaint to police.
NSW Police said in a statement today it had sought legal advice about the case which determined there was “insufficient admissible evidence to proceed”.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison said yesterday he had spoken to the Cabinet minister at the centre of the allegations and the MP had “cateorically denied” the claims.
The woman first attended Adelaide police station in November 2019 to seek advice about reporting her rape claim, NSW Police said.
The matter was then referred to NSW Police and an investigation was launched by the Child Abuse and Sex Crimes Squad, which formed a special team to investigate the claims, known as Strike Force Wyndarra.
However, the woman never made an official statement to NSW Police. Friends of the woman are now pushing for an independent investigation.

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