Britain has appointed a New Zealand judge to lead a troubled inquiry into historic child sex abuse allegations, after the first two nominees quit following criticism of their establishment links.
High Court judge Lowell Goddard has been picked from 150 candidates to chair the mammoth probe, which includes investigating an alleged political paedophile ring.
The departure of a second head of the wide-ranging inquiry had been a major embarrassment for the British government.
Prime Minister David Cameron announced the probe in July last year following a string of scandals involving the abuse of children at hospitals and care homes as well as churches and schools.
Home Secretary Theresa May, the interior minister, said overnight NZ time there would be “no stone unturned” in the probe, after she announced Goddard’s appointment.
“I am now more determined than ever to expose the people behind these despicable crimes and the people in institutions that knew about abuse but didn’t act, that failed to help when it was their duty, sometimes their very purpose, to do so,” she said.
A convicted paedophile has won his case to keep his identity a secret after the Sensible Sentencing Trust obtained leaked details of his offending and posted them online.
The man was convicted in 1995 of offending against two girls in 1975 and 1977. He was sentenced to 12 months in prison.
The SST appealed to the High Court to review the judicial process in October last year, but the review was thrown out by Justice Lowell Goddard, who said it could not succeed.
This decision was appealed by the SST and has now been dismissed by the Court of Appeal, who agreed with Justice Goddard.
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I told you NO FUCKING KIDS!!
You wouldn’t listen
Well you stupid fuck
Look at you now