Senior ACT police officer was ‘immediately suspicious’ of Brittany Higgins’s rape allegation, inquiry told

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Detective Superintendent Scott Moller says he did not understand why Higgins wanted to ‘involve the media’ before giving formal statement to police

A senior ACT police officer has told an inquiry he was “immediately suspicious” of Brittany Higgins’s allegation she was raped in parliament house, saying he questioned her motives for the complaint because she intended to speak to the media.

Detective Superintendent Scott Moller had oversight of the ACT police investigation into Higgins’s allegation she was raped by her former Liberal Party colleague Bruce Lehrmann in 2019. He spent a second day in the witness box on Tuesday, being cross-examined before an independent inquiry into the ACT criminal justice system’s handling of the case.

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