“NZ not a safe place for black people”

A suspected rapist plays the race card

Former international fast bowler and player coach at Auckland University Cricket Club Franklyn Rose has slammed judicial officials for locking him up in an Auckland prison for seven weeks while investigating a rape complaint.

“What have I done to be locked in a prison cell for seven weeks? I felt so terrified and nervous when I realised I was living with and amongst serial killers, rapists and drug dealers,” he said.

The Herald revealed in April that Rose was the subject of a rape complaint being investigated by New Zealand police.

The batsman and right-arm bowler, who played 19 test matches, denies the allegation.

The Herald learned that a woman laid a complaint in January, the day after the alleged incident. A source told the Herald the victim did not go ahead with the complaint so that his deportation could be dealt with sooner.

It is understood charges were not laid before Rose was deported in March as his visa had expired in 2012.

He seems to have been offered a deal to leave and never come back, instead of going to court and staying in jail even longer.  And now, from the safety of distance, he’s trying to queer the pitch.  

Waitemata police area commander Superintendent Bill Searle this afternoon “strongly refuted” Rose’s allegations.

“A full and thorough investigation was carried out into Mr Rose’s reported [prison] assault and amongst these inquiries, a number of statements were taken from several witnesses. Mr Rose’s version of events was not able to be corroborated.”

Mr Rose was advised of the outcome of his case and thanked the investigating officer, he said.

“At no point in time did he express any dissatisfaction with the way he was treated or the way his case was investigated.

“In fact, several weeks after he was advised of the outcome, Mr Rose extended an invitation to the investigating officer to bring other members of police to attend a promotional event at a bar. This offer was not taken up by any member of police.”

In April, police confirmed they were investigating a complaint of sexual assault but no charges were laid and police helped deport him back to Jamaica early in the month.

Before Rose was held at Mt Eden Prison he faced a rape allegation from an Auckland woman in January this year. The complaint was later dropped.

“This so called rape issue is not true either,” Rose said denying the allegation.

“How can someone lay a rape [complaint] and then you walk free?”

You can say many things about New Zealand, but just rank racism towards blacks simply doesn’t stick.  With his attitude the nice brown boys in prison probably gave him a bit of an attitude adjustment.   But it doesn’t appear to have done much good.  It’s all about being a black, and not about an alleged rapey assh*le.


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