Maggie Kirkpatrick cleared of indecent assault charges 129



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We previously reported on the Maggie Kirkpatrick case and how she was charged with indecently assaulting a young fan in the 80s.

Previously, the Prisoner actress was found guilty of two counts of indecent assault and one of gross indecency against a person under 16.

The court heard testimony from the victim, her husband and Detective Senior Constable Katherine Mitchell, who said Ms Kirkpatrick met the girl when she was 14 years old, when she was in a psychiatric hospital. They met through a mutual friend.

Today these verdicts were overturned and Judge Geoffrey Chettle set aside the conviction and dismissed all three charges today.

The 74-year-old had been given an 18-month community corrections order, placed on the sex offender register for eight years and was required to complete 100 hours of community service prior to today’s dismissal, reports ABC.

Judge Chettle set said he was not satisfied beyond reasonable doubt that the crimes occurred.

The Judge described Kirkpatrick’s evidence as “somewhat flowery in style” but said she remained “untouched in cross examination”.

He noted inconsistencies in the accuser’s story although said she was “careful and considered”.

Yesterday the court heard Kirkpatrick cooked the 14-year old girl rabbit stew and watched the Logies with her before allegedly assaulting her.

Kirkpatrick denied any wrongdoing but did admit she had picked the girl up from a psychiatric hospital and drove her to her home for a meal.

“I simply saw it as an act of kindness … to have a bit of home life for a day,” she said.

“Some of my alcohol was consumed without my permission and it made me feel uncomfortable with the seeming reliance she may have been forming for me,” Kirkpatrick said.

“These [accusations] are making me feel quite ill,” she said. “You have astonished me with those allegations … it’s beyond comprehension.

“They are vicious and untrue,’’ she said of the accusations.

Outside court after the successful appeal, she said, “I simply want to thank my legal team, my beautiful family and the hundreds of fans and members of the acting fraternity who have stood by me for the last two years,” she said.

“It’s been rather difficult, but I am very happy with the result”.

The Herald Sun reports the accuser collapsed when the decision was handed down and was treated by paramedics at the County Court.


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  1. Good to hear very pleased for her she should not have been charged in the first place.

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  2. I am very pleased to hear this , I am not a fan, but I want to hear what the court has to say on any issue before I judge it myself. We are NOT judge , Jury and Executioners, and everyone deserves their day in court..good on her

  3. What about the damage to her reputation, as it has been tainted! I feel sorry for her and others in similar situations who have been wrongly accused.

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    • So pleased you wrote this. It is so hard on the innocent person accused , yet people believe the first story heard. Any wonder an accused person takes their own life, as the general public treat them as guilty from day one.
      There should be compensation to the accused person when they are found innocent, but, sadly the damage has been done and their life destroyed.

    • What is truly bizarre is that Maggie was wrongly convicted on the old evidence of a known mental patient.

    • Jennifer – Maggie is a strong lady and is surrounded by family and friends who love her – not to mention all her fans. I’m sure she wouldn’t like to think her life has been destroyed. She knows she was innocent and that’s all that matters.

  4. Poor woman, the person who accused her should be charge for mischief

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    • Totally agree David the person who accused her should be charged with mischief, even though she has been cleared ,it would be so hard for her to move past these charges .

    • The problem with our Legal system is that the people who initiate the complaint are not held accountable, even when it is proved false. I hate to think how much this has cost Maggie (financially, as apart from emotionally)

    • Sadly the accuser was not in a good state of mind at that time.
      I am not supporting the accuser, I felt the counsellor had planted the idea in her mind.

    • Yes. I went to a psychiatrist to help me deal with the accidental death of my son. On the first (and only) visit, he questioned me about my relationship with my Grandfather, and asked did I ever sit on his knee when I was a little girl. At that time 28 years ago, “repressed memory” was the latest big thing.

  5. Glad to hear it. Never thought Maggie was guilty and feel sad she has been put through this trauma. Early Xmas present.

  6. Wishing Maggie all the best
    It is so sad she has had to go through this because someone wants to make money out of people in the public eye

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