Children's home rape, indecency trial adjourns:[2 Edition]
KEAST, John. The Press. Christchurch, New Zealand:Oct 18, 2006. p. A; 3
The rape and indecency trial of former Salvation Army captain John Francis
Gainsford was adjourned unexpectedly yesterday.
The trial was to resume in the High Court in Timaru at 11am, but was delayed
until 2.15pm for what Craig O'Connor, for the Crown, called procedural matters.
At 2.15pm Crown prosecutor Tim Gresson said the trial had been adjourned to
No explanation was given but Gresson later held talks with Detective Tracey
Miron, the officer in charge of the case. The jury was not called into court at
On Monday, Gainsford, 69, of Auckland, pleaded guilty to four indecency counts
relating to his time as manager of the Bramwell Booth children's home at Temuka
in South Canterbury.
He pleaded not guilty to a further 23 counts, including three of rape and 10 of
indecently assaulting girls under 12.
Eight complainants, seven females and a male, were to give evidence but just
some of the evidence of one complainant has been heard.
The charges relate to Gainsford's time as manager of the children's home in the
1970s. He left the home after allegations of sexual misconduct. The facility on
the edge of Temuka is no longer used as a children's home.
Miron, in evidence on Monday, said she sought records from the Salvation Army
of meetings it had with Gainsford, but some documentation was missing.
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