NZ Warrior Michael Crockett has had his rape charges dismissed by a Sydney court – with the judge saying that suggestions and evidence provided by the female implicated varied so vastly from that of her own sister, there was no choice but to dismiss the case.
Crockett, 25, fronted a committal hearing on Friday at Sydney’s Downing Centre Local Court on three sex charges.
This latest dismissal comes hot on the heels of the Broncos trio case, another situation where it seems there was very limited evidence as the players involved were recently cleared. Many sections of the public believe that NRL players are being unfairly targeted for their profile and are seen as a ‘gold mine’ by predatory female fans looking to ‘cash in’.
Even with this dismissal, the female in question remains anonymous and her character remains intact – while that of the cleared NRL player remains tarnished somewhat moving forward.
The talented former Tigers winger was accused of raping a 19-year-old woman whom he met at a nightclub during after-game celebrations in August 2007.
However, Deputy Chief Magistrate Helen Syme has ruled the alleged victim’s evidence, and that of her sister, was so inconsistent that a jury would not be satisfied she was telling the truth.
“In my view, there are a number of inconsistencies in the complainant’s evidence that may wield difficulties for the prosecution case,” she said.
“I’m therefore of the view that a jury, properly instructed in relation to the evidence in this matter would not convict the accused of the charges brought and for those reasons, I propose to discharge him.”
Crockett sighed and mouthed “thank you” to his lawyer.
He refused to comment as he left the court.