The Ron Cahill affair takes another strange turn today with his successor as Chief Magistrate, John Burns, explaining his reasons for blowing the whistle on the trial of the “public figure” who can’t be named but has been in the words of the Canberra Times: “charged with assaulting his child”.
The Chief Magistrate says in his article that he and Ms Fryar were prompted to act by a passage in a document sent by Mr Cahill to a Victorian magistrate called in to hear the case, Peter Lauritsen.
The passage made a suggestion about the state of mind of the accused when he committed the alleged offence, Mr Burns has written.
Mr Burns and Ms Fryar had been concerned that the document might have indicated to Mr Lauritsen that the man was in a state of mind ”consistent with innocence” when he hit the young person.
It would be nice if the public could be informed as to who we’re actually talking about. It’s quite important.