Cop Denies Colluding with Alleged Victims of GC Criminologist

THE lead cop in the case against high profile Gold Coast criminologist Paul Wilson has been accused of colluding with the alleged victims.

Wilson is charged with six counts of indecent treatment of a girl under 17 dating back to the 1970s.

A committal hearing was held yesterday to see if there was enough evidence to send Australia’s most prominent criminologist to trial.


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That decision has now been delayed as the defence for Mr Wilson argued the witnesses were not reliable enough and that charges should not proceed.

Solicitor Bill Potts questioned Detective Sergeant Charles Heron about his role in the case.

The court was read emails from Det-Sgt Heron to the women who had made complaints about being touched by Mr Wilson.

In those emails, the Detective labelled the women as brave and wonderful, and said that every cop on the force thought Wilson was guilty.

Mr Potts has stated in his defence these emails from Det-Sgt Heron encouraged the women to change their statements and add more detail and stronger allegations.

The detective involved said his conduct was not unusual and that part of his role was to provide support to victims.

He also denied telling the women to collude with each other.

Magistrate John Costello will make a decision on May 16 about whether the charges should go to trial.

 

Original article written by Emmaline Stigwood, To read it in full, head to the Gold Coast Bulletin website.

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