An inquiry into the prosecution of Bruce Lehrmann has heard ACT police tried to convince the DPP not to charge him with sexual assault.
Police ‘passionately’ tried to stop Lehrmann rape case
Police investigating rape claims against former Liberal staffer Bruce Lehrmann tried to convince the ACT’s top prosecutor not to charge him via a series of “gotcha moments”.
ACT Director of Public Prosecutions Shane Drumgold will expand on this claim during his third day of evidence to an independent inquiry into how the territory’s justice system handled rape allegations made by Mr Lehrmann’s ex-colleague Brittany Higgins.
On Tuesday he detailed a series of “very unusual” meetings with ACT Police in 2021, where he had wondered if a view Mr Lehrmann should not be charged had influenced their investigation.
“I perceived it as ‘we’ve got this investigation, here’s a couple of gotcha points, of course you’ll agree with us the investigation shouldn’t continue’,” Mr Drumgold said.