16 Nov 2015

Sisters forced to drop fight to name abuser

1:01 pm on 16 November 2015

Two sisters who lost a legal bid to name the man who sexually abused them as children say they do not have the money to continue to fight.

The man was convicted 20 years ago of sex crimes against Karen Beaumont and Anne-Marie Forsyth.

The pair successfully argued last year to have automatic suppression on their own names lifted, and said the man should also lose his suppression as it was only ever to protect their identities.

In a High Court decision released last month, Justice Cameron Mander said lifting that suppression after more than 20 years - when the man had served jail time and been fully rehabilitated - would be a disproportionate action.

In a joint statement, the sisters say without financial support they are unable to continue the legal challenge.