Milton Orkopoulos had former Parliament witness boy sign police complaint: court
“[The boy] signed the document and I think my husband may have JP stamped the document.”
Hall, who was questioned by prosecutors, told the court she did not read the document because she and her husband, who she believes signed the document, were only acting as justices of the peace.
But, she said, she was alerted “that day or later” by Orkopoulos that it was designed to withdraw the complaint to the police.
Hall said she knew the boy had alleged to police that Orkopoulos had acted “inappropriately” with him.
“[Orkopoulos] he said [the boy] filed a complaint alleging inappropriate behavior by Milton towards him,” she told the court.
Hall has not been charged with any wrongdoing and has never been charged with any criminal offense.
Orkopoulos began his political career as a councilor on Lake Macquarie City Council and served on the Hall electorate until she resigned in 1998.
Hall became a member of the federation for Shortland and Orkopoulos replaced her in the seat of state in March 1999.
Crown Prosecutor Cate Dodds opened the case last week by claiming Orkopoulos has an ongoing interest in underage boys.
“It is the Crown case that this defendant has a sexual interest in boys under the age of 18 and tends to opportunistically respond to his sexual interest by engaging in sexual acts with them and providing them with drugs. ‘ Dodds said.
Orkopoulos’ lawyer said the former politician strenuously denied assaulting the boys or giving them drugs.
Orkopoulos was a member of the NSW Legislative Assembly and Minister for Aboriginal Affairs from 1999 to 2006.
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