Brittany Higgins has launched a scathing attack on a witness in the trial of her accused rapist Bruce Lehrmann, accusing them of “perversion of justice” – before suddenly deleting the Instagram posts.
The former Liberal staffer has remained largely silent about the four-week ACT Supreme Court hearing since it was called off in October over a jury’s misconduct.
She had claimed that Herr Lehrmann raped her in March 2019 in the parliament building. The defendant had pleaded not guilty to one charge of having sexual intercourse without consent and had strenuously denied any sexual interaction with Ms Higgins.
On Wednesday evening, Ms Higgins spoke about the aborted trial for the first time since The ACT government announced there would be an inquiry into why prosecutors held the first hearing but failed to conduct a second.
In the Post, Ms Higgins said she agreed with a statement from the Canberra Liberal Party saying it “welcomed” the inquiry and suggested a review of whether “political interference” was a factor in the case.
She then slammed a witness, whom Daily Mail Australia cannot name for legal reasons, for alleged “lying under oath”.
Brittany Higgins is pictured with her boyfriend David Sharaz. On Wednesday, she took to Instagram to attack a witness at the trial of her accused rapist
Ms Higgins uploaded a five-page story (screenshot pictured) to her Instagram account on Wednesday, which she then deleted
“I agree with the Canberra Liberals. The Lehrmann review should deal with political interference,” she wrote.
“Maybe we start with that? The deliberate perversion of justice.’
She then uploaded the transcript of a conversation between her and a witness at the trial, but deleted it hours later.
Earlier on Wednesday, ACT Attorney General Shane Rattenbury and Prime Minister Andrew Barr announced the independent inquiry after a series of “complaints and allegations” were made about the trial.
Bruce Lehrmann at his rape trial in November. The trial was abandoned due to jury misconduct
Mr Barr said a full inquiry was the most appropriate response given the “high profile” nature of the trial, while Mr Rattenbury stressed the inquiry did not relate to the outcome of the trial.
Rather, it examines whether the functions of the criminal justice authorities have been “performed with reasonable rigour, impartiality and independence”.
It will also examine whether the assistance provided to Ms Higgins by the Crime Victims Commissioner is consistent with the relevant legal framework and the legal framework for addressing jury misconduct.
Ms Higgins welcomed the request in a previous Instagram post on Wednesday – sharing the news and posting the cryptic comment: “Sunlight is the best disinfectant”.
A statement released on behalf of Mr Lehrmann said he “welcomes an investigation and hopes that the mandate will extend to an examination of all aspects of this matter, including decisions not to prosecute various individuals and the efforts of the DPP to attempt to ensure a fair situation’.
ACT Chief Secretary Andrew Barr and his government will appoint a legal expert to conduct the inquiry
The investigation will be able to hold public and private hearings, issue search warrants, compel the production of documents, compel the presence of witnesses and take their statements under oath.
It was launched after ACT’s chief prosecutor, Shane Drumgold, raised concerns about “political and police conduct” in the case.
He also wrote to the territory’s police chief, accusing its members of pressuring him not to prosecute Mr Lehrmann.
But the police union accused Mr Drumgold of attempting to defame officers and said it “strongly believed” the prosecutor had compromised Mr Lehrmann’s trial.
A report is expected to be submitted to the Prime Minister in the first half of 2023.
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