South Canterbury rugby rape allegation dropped

STU PIDDINGTON
Last updated 09:48 04/06/2014

Relevant offers

Rugby

Wayne Smith set for return to All Blacks for World Cup defence Ma'a Nonu heading for France after Rugby World Cup Dylan Hartley sees red for elbow in Premiership match Brodie Retallick the All Blacks' driving force in 2014 Rugby-free holiday for All Blacks coach Steve Hansen Perfect farewell for Glenn Moore in Heartland Sorry outcome for Foley-foiled Crusaders side Earl Va'a appointment at Wellington a huge shock Super Rugby start just what Bryce Heem hoped for Earl Va’a appointed new Wellington Lions coach for 2015 season

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