Monday, 15 September 2008

Australia: "repressed memories alive and well"

Sex case 'witch-hunt'
Harriet Alexander

Accused ... Brian Spillane outside court this morning.

Accused ... Brian Spillane outside court this morning.
Photo: Dean Sewell

Three men accused of sexually assaulting schoolboys at St Stanislaus' College claim the allegations have been fanned by "moral panic" and question the veracity of witnesses' accounts.

Brian Spillane, Peter Dwyer and John Gaven pleaded not guilty to sexual assault in Bathurst Local Court today.

The Director of Public Prosecutions said police expected at least 40 complainants to provide statements and the case has been adjourned to November.

But outside the court, Greg Walsh, the lawyer representing the defendants, said the media and police treatment of the allegations had been "an absolute disgrace... Repressed memories are alive and well. These men are innocent. The allegations are bizarre and they have arisen in suspicious circumstances...."

The Sydney Morning Herald, 15 September 2008

One of the allegations doing the rounds is that students were hypnotised by lights being used in a Nativity play at Christmas.

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