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Statement on behalf of Rochelle Crewe

Statement made on 30 July 2014 on behalf of Rochelle Crewe by her legal representative, Natalie Walker of Kayes Fletcher Walker

Wednesday, 30 July 2014 - 1:18pm

National News

Rochelle Crewe has lived a life of anonymity.

The tragic killing of her parents in 1970, when she was only 18 months old, has understandably been the subject of much media attention in this country in the four decades since.

In that time only a small number of people, including journalists, have discovered Rochelle Crewe’s true identity. On each occasion, her wish not to be photographed, or to have her name and addressed disclosed, has been respected. She has been extremely thankful for that.

Although she is considered by many, including our law, to be a victim, she does not regard herself to be one. Instead she considers herself lucky to have been able to lead a normal and happy life in New Zealand, where her identity and right to privacy have been protected.

Rochelle would like to thank Detective Superintendent Andy Lovelock and his team for all the hard work that they have put into the Crewe Review.

She has been thoroughly appraised by Police of the content of the investigation file and the progress of the review throughout and is appreciative of that. Rochelle has also been given the opportunity to look behind the report at all the evidence. As a result she has been able to form her own view of the original 1970 Police investigation, and all that has happened since.

Rochelle is disappointed that there were shortfalls in the original investigation, which led to missed investigative opportunities. She is however grateful that the Police have finally acknowledged these shortfalls and apologised both for them and for not reviewing the investigation into her parents' murders earlier.

Although Rochelle is saddened not to know who was responsible for the murders of her parents, she is pleased that both this review and the report of David Jones QC definitively state that her aunt, and her grandparents Lenard and Norma Demler, were not involved in any way.

Rochelle is still digesting the report. Tomorrow morning, through the New Zealand Herald, she will give her full response to it. As a result, I am not in a position to answer questions on her behalf this afternoon.

Rochelle requests that members of the public and media alike continue to respect her right to privacy and do not seek her out for photographing or comment.

She also hopes that you will understand why she has chosen not to be present today.

ENDS


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