Two weeks ago acting NSW District Court judge Ken Taylor issued a suppression order to stop the naming of a convicted paedophile. Justice Taylor’s actions need investigating. The problem is that the NSW attorney general Greg Smith who has ultimate oversight for NSW judicial officers is himself embroiled is what looks like himself covering up for known paedophile Father Finian Egan.
Father Finian Egan has not been convicted of being a paedophile but the church says he is, so that is good enough for me, add that to Greg Smith’s extremely perverted and suspect behaviour and Father Egan has to be guilty. (Click here to read more on Father Egan)
But we will start off with Justice Ken Taylor and his paedophile protecting judgement. A decision he has since overturned after some media attention for some unknown reason.
Justice Ken Taylor
Two weeks ago Justice Taylor issued a suppression order so the name of a convicted paedophile could not be named. It was reported in a story in the SMH titled “Victim’s horror at abuser anonymity” which says “THE victim of a convicted paedophile says she is ”disgusted and horrified” that her abuser’s name has been suppressed by a court.”
”It’s disgusting that his identity can be protected but the intimate details of what happened to me are not protected and free for anyone to read about, and there’s no consideration of how that affects me,” she said.
It goes on to say “A spokesman for the Attorney-General, Greg Smith, said his office had requested a transcript of the sentencing hearing.” (Click here to read the full story)
What a joke, as if Greg Smith was going to do anything. He is busing covering up for Father Egan.
“The case gained national headlines after Peter Versi was named by Melbourne radio host Darryn Hinch.”
Then a couple of days ago Justice Ken Taylor overturned his own decision for no known reason. This is very strange. The only way I thought his judgement could be overturned is by an appeal court. He has decided to call the matter back into court and overturn his own judgement. To my knowledge this is unprecedented. (Click here to read more)
This leads one to surmise only two things 1. he has been influenced by the media or 2. someone has tapped him on the shoulder and told him he should overturn his own judgement. Either way there is a very serious question to be answered. I have looked for his judgement on the internet and have not been able to find it.
But even if he has overturned the judgement that does not answer the first question and that is how he could hand down such a scandalous and disgraceful judgment in the first place. And as you will see Father Egan has not been convicted of any court yet the media can still name him so why could we not name Peter Versi who had been convicted?
It is beyond belief that Justice Taylor is that incompetent and if he is he should not be a judge. His whole actions need to be investigated in full. E.g. Who he knows or doesn’t know etc.
Now to the man who is meant to have oversight for Justice Taylor’s actions.
NSW Attorney General Greg Smith
Mr Smith has been involved is dodgy conduct that has been mentioned on this site last year so his attempt to cover-up for a paedophile priest is of no surprise.
In the post last year titled “What is the price of freedom? About $900,000 if you are bribing Commissioner Phillip Bradley at the NSW Crime Commission.” Greg Smith is mentioned for his role (when worked at the Director of Public Prosecutions office 2004) in dropping charges against James Kinch so the NSW Crime Commission could get its hands on a $900,000 bribe to let Kinch go. Kinch is now in a jail in Thailand awaiting extradition to Australia to face number of charges including the ones that Greg Smith dropped. (Click here to read the post)
Now Mr Smith knows Father Egan on a personal basis and charges against Father Egan have been held up at the DPP, the same place that Greg Smith used to work, for some seven months.
The ABC 7.30 Report did a story on this on the 4th of April. The full transcript is below. (As per “Fair Use Policy” usually I would only use a small part and put the link back to the site but because it is in the public interest I have copied the lot)
CHRIS UHLMANN, PRESENTER: Here is a story about an Attorney-General and a priest. One of the most senior lawmakers in the country is tonight being accused of making derogatory comments about a woman who alleges that she was abused as a child by a priest. Until last year NSW Attorney-General Greg Smith had a long association with his one-time Catholic priest Finian Egan, even praising him in Parliament. That appears to have ended some time after police began investigating allegations from five people that Finian Egan had abused them as children. Now 7.30 has been shown evidence suggesting the Attorney-General made insulting comments about one of Finian Egan’s accusers, allegedly branding the child sex victim just after money from the church. Tim Palmer reports. ???: There was nowhere that was safe for me. I wasn’t safe anywhere. The abuse started when I was in the later years of primary school.
TIM PALMER, REPORTER: Father Finian Egan’s more than 50 years as a priest took him to at least half a dozen churches in and around Sydney. But the priest’s service in the Catholic Church came to an end when a number of women came forward to accuse him of abusing them when they were children.
KELLIE-ANNE ROCHE (2010): I just tried to stop him from touching my breasts to show him that’s not where I want his hands … without saying anything, because he was – priests are one step down from God.
TIM PALMER: Within weeks of 7.30 airing a series of stories in 2010 on Finian Egan, at least five people had gone to police and a widespread investigation was underway.
But nearly two years later, the priest hasn’t been arrested or charged.
NIKKI WELLS: The wait’s been absolutely horrendous. It’s been really traumatic. The statements with the police were finalised in 2010. We’ve been told that the case is currently on the DPP’s desk, but it’s been on the DPP’s desk for about seven months now. They keep telling us they’re just waiting for a signature. So, to me, it’s beyond me how it could be so long. You know, the case has been investigated. It’s very clear the evidence is there from all of the witnesses. I don’t understand why he hasn’t been charged.
TIM PALMER: Finian Egan has always maintained his innocence.
As the case dragged on, questions were raised about the alleged sex offender’s long-time association with the man who’s now Attorney-General, Greg Smith. Mr Smith and Finian Egan go back some years, and when Greg Smith was elected to Parliament five years ago, he cited Finian Egan’s influence in his maiden speech to Parliament.
GREG SMITH, NSW LIBERAL MP (2007): … Father Finian Egan charmed us with his Irish wit and his pastorally devotion to his flock.
TIM PALMER: There are other connections to Greg Smith’s office. Damien Tudehope is now the Attorney-General’s chief of staff. He too knows Finian Egan well. He attended the priest’s church and as a solicitor defended him against sexual abuse allegations. The ABC does not suggest that either Greg Smith or Damien Tudehope have interfered with the potential prosecution of Finian Egan. But 7.30 can reveal documents that describe discussions the Attorney-General had about the Egan matter.
Last year, one of the alleged victims, Nikki Wells, spoke to another Catholic priest about her frustration at the delay. That priest, who the ABC has agreed not to name, says he then met Attorney-General Greg Smith last July. After that meeting the priest detailed his version of what was said in an email back to Nikki Wells, an email the ABC has obtained. The priest wrote, “I was with Greg Smith the other day and I raised your case with him. He commented that, ‘… you were just trying to get $1 million from the church.’”
NIKKI WELLS: I was horrified. I was completely horrified that the chief lawmaker in the state could make a comment on an open criminal matter for a start, but secondly that he could pass judgment on someone he doesn’t even know, and, you know, just disbelief about the whole matter that our Attorney-General could speak so publicly about me and my case and a criminal matter. Horrified.
DAVID SHOEBRIDGE, GREENS MP: There is, for me, no political excuse for the Attorney-General of the day making derogatory comments about a victim when that matter is before the DPP for potential sexual abuse charges.
TIM PALMER: The ABC asked the Attorney-General if the priest’s email description of the meeting and what was said was correct. In response Greg Smith issued a statement saying, “The Attorney General recalls no such conversation and notes that 7.30 has failed to provide any details which would help his recall. He says he would never suggest any victim of sexual abuse was simply motivated by a desire to claim a financial payout.”
Against that the priest said today he did meet Greg Smith, they discussed Nikki Wells and the email remains his account of what was said.
At the time Nikki Wells received the priest’s email detailing the alleged comment by Greg Smith, she wrote back angrily.
NIKKI WELLS (female voiceover): “Does he really think we’re all lying? What kind of man says things like that about victims of abuse? He really should not be commenting on any case in these circumstances, let alone the character of a witness.”
Clearly he thinks I’m a liar and clearly he thinks other witnesses and other victims are lying as well about it, because I’m not the only victim in this matter; there’s several of us, and there’s probably a lot more that haven’t even come forward yet. But a clear lack of empathy and devastating unprofessionalism.
TIM PALMER: Beyond the alleged comment that Nikki Wells was just after money, the email raises other questions. In fact Nikki Wells had discussed a $1 million figure with the Church, not for herself, but as the loan for a charity she was running to care for survivors of childhood abuse. She was shocked that the Attorney-General would know anything about that $1 million figure, something she’d raised only with senior churchmen, and she said so in her email back to the priest.
The priest replied:
PRIEST (male voiceover): “… this is what he had heard and that concerns me where this had come from. He is well-connected within the church – he seems to know all the hierarchy – much more in the know than I am.”
DAVID SHOEBRIDGE: Well in my dealings with him on this issue, it’s an attorney that’s more likely to defend the Church than get out and defend the victims.
TIM PALMER: The email raises several serious questions for the Attorney-General. Why was he discussing an ongoing criminal investigation with an outside party? Why did he choose to discuss it with a priest from the same church as the alleged sex offender? And why did he apparently denigrate the alleged victim of a childhood sexual offence?
David Shoebridge put a series of questions to Greg Smith on notice in Parliament. Among them he asked the attorney whether he’d had any communication with anyone beyond the DPP regarding the Finian Egan case. But in his answers Greg Smith did not address that issue at all, only stating that his office hadn’t been in contact with the DPP about it.
DAVID SHOEBRIDGE: It’s a remarkable lack of candour. It was a very specific question capable of a very precise answer and we simply didn’t get that. … If the half of the answer you don’t give is the core of the information, you’ve got to ask whether or not that is misleading the person asking the question.
NIKKI WELLS: Pathetic. His response was pathetic. And, you know, the Government shouldn’t allow him to be able to respond to those questions. They were specific questions. He hasn’t responded. He’s answered five questions in one line. He’s completely evasive. Why is he being so evasive? Why isn’t he answering the questions?
The transcript says plenty about Greg Smith and how he operates. A real grub who refuses to answer legitimate questions in parliament. He obviously has plenty to hide. His old department, the DPP, has taken 7 months to do nothing and are still waiting on a “signature” to charge Father Egan. Are we really to believe that Greg Smith has had nothing to do with the go slow routine. If you would like the watch the video of the above 7.30 report click here.
Attorney General Greg Smith will end up being the Craig Thomson of the NSW Barry O’Farrell government. A ticking time bomb waiting to explode.
This comes at a time when the Ted Baillieu Victorian Government is under pressure to hold a royal commission into pedophilia in the catholic church. A recent story in the SMH starts off :
“AT LEAST five people killed themselves after allegedly being sexually abused by paedophile priest Ronald Pickering between 1960 and 1980, new research says.”
“The deaths in Melbourne, uncovered by lawyer Judy Courtin, add to the 40 suicides by victims of clergy paedophiles documented in a police report.” (Click here to read the full article)
Obviously it is time for a royal commission into the church in NSW and pedophilia in general with the first witness Greg Smith and then Justice Ken Taylor.
I thought I should put a link to this story of a lawyer in Victoria, Vivian Waller, who is representing 45 people suing the church in case someone reading this might want to contact her. (Click her to read the story)
Update: 1st May 2012 – Father Finian Egan has been arrested and charged with with rape and indecent assaults. “He has been charged with 17 offences including:
Two counts of indecent assault and one of rape relating to an alleged incident involving a 17-year-old girl at The Entrance in 1972.
- One charge of indecent assault relating to a 14-year-old boy from an alleged incident at the Entrance in 1973
- Three charges of Indecent Assault relating to an alleged incident involving a 16-year-old girl at Carlingford in 1987
- And 10 charges of indecent assault relating to an alleged incident involving a 11-year-old girl at Carlingford in 1979″ (Click here to read the full story)
Update: 2nd May 2012 – NSW Attorney-General Greg Smith has declined to apologise to the alleged abuse victim of a retired Catholic priest after accusing her of “trying to get $1 million from the church”. (Click here to read the full story)
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