South Canterbury rugby rape allegation dropped

Last updated 09:48 04/06/2014

Relevant offers


Otago rugby revival as they eye potential promotion Otago expected to snap up New Zealand Secondary School wings Injury and suspension problems hit Ireland for All Blacks test in Chicago Todd Blackadder warns All Blacks of Irish threat to record run Black Ferns make three changes for second test against Australia All Black duties scrub Scott Barrett from Canterbury team for final against Tasman Why Steve Hansen and Michael Cheika need to have a beer, or a nice cuppa tea Samu Kerevi out, Marika Koroibete in for Wallabies' European tour Wallabies coach Michael Cheika right to whinge about refs after loss Ash Dixon named captain of NZ Maori rugby team ahead of three-match tour

No charges will be laid against four members of the South Canterbury Heartland rugby team caught up in an alleged rape last September in Whanganui.

Detective Senior Sergeant Neil Forlong said despite exhaustive inquiries, independent legal advice from Crown Law as well as their own legal team, it has been determined that there is insufficient evidence to support sexual assault or related charges being laid before the Court.

''However, should any new information come to light, police will consider this as appropriate.''

Forlong said it was a lengthy and methodical investigation which included more than 30 people being interviewed.

''The investigation team received full cooperation from all those spoken to. Regardless of the outcome, sexual assault is a serious crime and police are dedicated to thoroughly investigating all complaints reported to us."

A team of approximately 15 officers made up of staff from Whanganui, Palmerston North, and Timaru were working on the investigation at its height.

"We have also spoken with the young woman and her family and informed them of our investigation outcome," says Forlong.

In the wake of the original allegations, four South Canterbury players had voluntarily stood down from representative team, and have not been involved since.

The players had always denied any involvement in the alleged incident.

Ad Feedback

- Stuff

Special offers
Opinion poll

Who was the best-performed All Blacks forward on the northern tour?

Dane Coles

Nathan Harris

Keven Mealamu

Wyatt Crockett

Charlie Faumuina

Ben Franks

Owen Franks

Joe Moody

Brodie Retallick

Luke Romano

Jeremy Thrush

Patrick Tuipulotu

Sam Whitelock

Sam Cane

Jerome Kaino

Richie McCaw

Liam Messam

Kieran Read

Vitor Vito

Vote Result

Featured Promotions

Sponsored Content