Tuesday, April 27, 2004

Bulldogs: Breaking the news gently

THE chances of rape charges being laid against any Canterbury Bulldogs players appear slim says the Daily Telegraph after preliminary advice? Indicated? There was insufficient evidence?

Bulldogs rape case not investigated properly?

A final decision from the Director of Public Prosecutions is expected this week but GKCNN understands that the corporate media are letting off steam and has been doctored, providing free advice that criminal charges will not be recommended, even before the DPP opened its mouth. Shame about the girl! Shame about the corporate media.

It is also believed that DNA material from both the victim and players has not revealed any meaningful evidence. [Well I'll be!]

COPS leak prompts police warning, for protected persons?

Police say confidential information about investigations should be withheld but in the grand scheme of things it is to protect certain people and police will always give us a legitimate reason for having to do so.

The DPP's office has had the Strike Force McGuigon file since April 1 and has been poring over both the version of events given by the young woman and the players' account.

Who let the dogs out? (woof, woof, woof, woof)

Bulldogs saga turns political

The Prime Minister has thrown his support behind the National Rugby League (NRL), saying the Bulldogs affair should not reflect on the game as a whole.

The file is now with the senior ranks of the DPP, including the director Nicholas Cowdery, QC, who may take a different view over criminal charges. The 20-year-old woman told police in lengthy interviews that she was gang-raped by up to six Bulldogs players in the swimming pool area of the Pacific Bay Resort in Coffs Harbour last February 22. Since the allegations were aired publicly the club and its players have been under siege, with several high-ranking officials losing their jobs.

NRL should stand down alleged gang rapists

Week after week after week when we have a victim suggesting she was gang raped by six men. Week after week these alleged serious offenders play football in front of a crowd who cheers them on.

I take it, if you rally other corporate media reporters, especially those networks who stand to lose a lot of money, they will be able to find lots of football clubs are bad, then the Bulldogs don't look so guilty after all?

But no Bulldogs players were named as they played football in front of their fans and the gang rape was investigated like a fruit loop.

Firstly the corporate media ran around the whole country scrapping up as many stories as they could about other footballers who have been alleged to have raped or gang raped girls and then they went to the UK to find another example.

That went on for weeks as people in high places fell from the Bulldogs executive obviously having some inside information that the gang rape had been committed and the crime had occurred in their eyes to warrant resigning from the club.

Upon completion of the brief the police sent it to the DPP for "legal advising", specialist advice on whether there would be a reasonable prospect of conviction if charges were laid.

GKCNN understands the DPP's main area of concern is the alleged victim's version of events and whether it would withstand sustained attack under cross-examination.

But did police themselves convince the victim and the DPP that she would fail under cross-examination and was this case investigated properly?

Perhaps we can now get police to investigate themselves to find out whether there has been any cover-up. Surely the girl was raped and there was DNA evidence.

Allegedly some of the woman's claims have been called into question by other independent witnesses, who give contrary versions.

One concern is that she has told police her reason for going to the resort from the Plantation Hotel that morning was to return her friend's wallet. However her friend's wallet was found at the Plantation Hotel and handed in from there.

Another area of concern is the timing. Some witnesses have reported seeing a woman matching her description at the swimming pool area with one player in the early morning. She claims she was later attacked by up to six players but doubt has been cast on whether there was time for such an attack between when she was with one player and five more arriving. It is also understood that the woman has not identified, from police photoboards, all of the six players she claimed raped her.

No problem identifying her demeanour as a rape victim after the event? No problem expecting that identifying all of the offenders may have been difficult at the time? No problem doing a swab and finding out what DNA entered her body?No problem looking at the marks on her body where she was bruised or cut?

Gang-rape, police, disparity and the law..

The young woman and her friend have told police they met the players in Coffs Harbour on the evening after the Bulldogs played a trial match there and went back to the team's hotel with them. But according to the Daily Terror this morning the victim is alleged to have had consensual sex with one player.

What are they trying to say that she didn't break the law? Or she should be sent to the sin bin for the sake of rugby league? The fact that the victim is being accused is inconsistent in relation to an allegation of being gang raped by six men wouldn't you think? She was later found by a resort housekeeper, soaking wet and sobbing uncontrollably.

But a problem with the accounts of others who say the victims story just doesn't add up???

If the DPP decides not to proceed with charges, it will be the second time in just more than a year that rape allegations against the Bulldogs have faltered. A year ago another woman claimed players sexually assaulted her at the resort. The file went to the DPP, which opted not to proceed with charges.

By CINDY WHAT? Disparity Editor 27 April 04

THE PROPHET: WHO WILL BE PROTECTED NEXT? WHO WILL BE THE NEXT VICTIM?

Related:

NRL should stand down alleged gang rapists
National Rugby League (NRL) boss David Gallop has called on the Bulldogs to provide details about a player who's tested positive to cocaine during tests conducted by the club last year.

Gang-rape, police, disparity and the law..
The young woman and her friend have told police they met the players in Coffs Harbour on the evening after the Bulldogs played a trial match there and went back to the team's hotel with them.

Who let the dogs out? (woof, woof, woof, woof)
The Prime Minister has thrown his support behind the National Rugby League (NRL), saying the Bulldogs affair should not reflect on the game as a whole.

Looking at it the wrong way!
The league kept quiet over the "abuse claim". "Abuse claim"! What about "Pack Rape Claim"? "Gang Bang Parties"? What about, abduction, molestation, violation, attack, assaults. Those words that others are branded with in the face of a vicious attack.

COPS leak prompts police warning, for protected persons?
Police are warning media outlets they may face criminal charges if they release confidential information about investigations.