Current The Alleged Rape of Staffer Brittany Higgins at Parliament House

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What did they discover about Ms Higgins alleged rapist's alleged serious misconduct from their April 4 meeting with the AFP, or elsewhere, that appears to have triggered terminating Ms Higgins alleged rapists employment?

Why would they have encouraged MS Higgins to contact police over the incident, yet still have not terminated her alleged rapist's employment when they encouraged her to contact police over the incident?


'the Department of Finance has now revealed that the man’s employment was not formally terminated until nearly a fortnight after the alleged rape and after Ms Higgins first contacted police.

“I can confirm the employment of the individual was terminated on 5 April 2019 on the grounds of serious misconduct,’’ the Department of Finance response states.
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The new timeline suggests for the first time that Senator Reynolds and her COS were aware of the rape allegation by the time his employment was formally terminated on April 5.'

'The termination was also after Senator Reynolds and Fiona Brown met with Ms Higgins on April 1 and encouraged her to contact police.

It also means the staffer was not formally sacked until after Senator Reynolds’ met with the AFP on Thursday, April 4, 2019 and confirmed an investigation was underway.'
 

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Why would they have encouraged MS Higgins to contact police over the incident, yet still have not terminated her alleged rapist's employment when they encouraged her to contact police over the incident?

Without knowing the details, does it come down to the beauracracy of sacking someone and having to tick all the boxes? The Government would play extra safe on these areas making sure all the documentation was in order before removing someone. Could explain the lag time.

Also doesn't really clarify whether the person was actually 'working' on-site or just technically on the books until that date.
 

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Moving along.

Today the ACT's Director of Public Prosecutions Shane Drumgold confirmed he received a partial brief of evidence and a request to provide advice on any prosecution.

 

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Moving along.

Today the ACT's Director of Public Prosecutions Shane Drumgold confirmed he received a partial brief of evidence and a request to provide advice on any prosecution.


Indeed, the judicial process at work.
 

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What is the charge?
For any more questions you can't be bothered to spend 30 seconds finding yourself, call the number at the bottom of this ACT Police media release.
'Man to face court for alleged historical sexual assault
Publish date:Friday, 6 August 2021, Publish time:2:50pm
A 26-year-old man has been summonsed to appear before the ACT Magistrates Court for an alleged sexual assault in 2019.
Police will allege the man had sexual intercourse with a woman without consent at Parliament House on Saturday, 23 March 2019.
Detectives from ACT Policing’s Criminal Investigations - Sexual Assault and Child Abuse Team, the specialist team dedicated to investigating sexual assaults in the ACT, first received a report in April 2019.
The investigation remained open and in February 2021 a formal complaint was made. Detectives have since spoken to a number of witnesses and collected evidence as part of the investigation.
Officers today (Friday, 6 August 2021) served the man’s legal representative with a summons to appear before the ACT Magistrates Court on 16 September 2021.
The man will face one charge of sexual intercourse without consent. The maximum penalty for this offence is 12 years imprisonment.


Media enquiries
Police Media — (02) 5126 9070, act-police-media@afp.gov.au'
 
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'“My client absolutely and unequivocally denies that any form of sexual activity took place whatsoever,” said barrister John Korn, of Sydney firm Ada Evans Chambers.
“He will defend the charge.
“The only thing that matters is what the charge alleges and he absolutely, unequivocally denies that any form of sexual activity took place at all."
Mr Korn added that his client was in a “very fragile state at the moment” and vehemently denied the claims against him.'


I very much doubt that we will ever get to hear anything more about what the accused is going to claim actually took place, other than assertions that there was no form of sexual activity involved.

If it ever gets to court trial, I envisage that the accused will be advised to maintain that line of defence, and imply that Ms Higgins was making s**t up, or just imagining things happened that never actually happened. Possibly questioning Ms Higgins state of mind, and trying to make the judge or jury feel sorry for the accused's current state of mind/health being a direct result of the accusations made by Ms Higgins that led to him being charged.
 

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'Former Liberal staffer Bruce Lehrmann can be identified as the man who has received a summons to appear in an ACT Court on September 16 over allegations that he sexually assaulted Brittany Higgins at Parliament House.

Mr Lehrmann, who is said to be “distressed” and shocked by the single charge of sexual intercouse without consent has vehemently denied the allegations and vowed to clear his name.'


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'“My client absolutely and unequivocally denies that any form of sexual activity took place whatsoever,” said barrister John Korn, of Sydney firm Ada Evans Chambers.
“He will defend the charge.
“The only thing that matters is what the charge alleges and he absolutely, unequivocally denies that any form of sexual activity took place at all."
Mr Korn added that his client was in a “very fragile state at the moment” and vehemently denied the claims against him.'


I very much doubt that we will ever get to hear anything more about what the accused is going to claim actually took place, other than assertions that there was no form of sexual activity involved.

If it ever gets to court trial, I envisage that the accused will be advised to maintain that line of defence, and imply that Ms Higgins was making sh*t up, or just imagining things happened that never actually happened. Possibly questioning Ms Higgins state of mind, and trying to make the judge or jury feel sorry for the accused's current state of mind/health being a direct result of the accusations made by Ms Higgins that led to him being charged.

He deserves all he gets. His treatment of women shocking. But he will probably get off. No evidence. He said she said. Thats how pell got off. Then he will sue.

The evidence of how drunk she was, will discredit her evidence. Dont know how far the case will go, but eventually he will get off. Maybe this rime,.maybe on appeal. But because this is political, it will be after election.
 

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He deserves all he gets. His treatment of women shocking. But he will probably get off. No evidence. He said she said. Thats how pell got off. Then he will sue.

The evidence of how drunk she was, will discredit her evidence. Dont know how far the case will go, but eventually he will get off. Maybe this rime,.maybe on appeal. But because this is political, it will be after election.
Doesn't the girl being heavily inebriated make the giving of consent impossible, and count against the accused?

is it known if he was equally inebriated?
 

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Doesn't the girl being heavily inebriated make the giving of consent impossible, and count against the accused?

is it known if he was equally inebriated?
He is saying there was no sex. He said she said thing. And yes witnesses said both were drunk. One security gaurd( female) said she was not distressed after he left. However the law is very sexist, the male is held accountable when drunk. Men have be done because she was drunk and consented. Even though he was drunk as well. Hence why he is denying sex.
 

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Lehrman hasn't been convicted. Does this risk prejudicing the case?

It might actually. Let's see if his lawyers have anything to say about it.
 

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Lehrman hasn't been convicted. Does this risk prejudicing the case?
Very clever by Morrison
 

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Very clever by Morrison
I was thinking the same thing just now.

You'd think that Morrison would have received legal advice on the ramifications of what he planned to say today.

That him and his advisers knew exactly what they were doing.

Might they try and move the trial out of the ACT so that it can be a trial by Judge alone?

'The trial will be held by jury — in the ACT, alleged sex crimes cannot be tried by Judge alone.'
 

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