Gerald Hope on Wishart’s book

This was posted by Pantsdownbrown about Gerald Hope’s comments on Radio New Zealand about Ian Wishart’s book due to be released tomorrow.

What I took from Gerald Hope’s comments (considering he is reading Wishart’s book right now)

  • The book doesn’t ‘solve’ the case but essentially makes the case for Scott Watson being innocent more clear.
  • In the book’s conclusion Wishart has an unproven theory on what happened that night based on all the information that has come out since the trial – there is no smoking gun.
  • This ‘clarity’ of information has been enough to make Gerald Hope more doubtful as to Watson’s guilt to the point he has made himself available to the media for the next 24 hours and has again requested a personal meeting with Scott Watson.

Here’s the interview (audio): Olivia Hope’s father still wants answers after photo released:

A grainy photograph, supposedly taken of Olivia Hope days after police say that she was murdered raises questions about just what happened to the 17-year-old and her boyfriend, Ben Smart.

I’ll have a go at transcribing that later and posting it here.


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  1. kittycatkin

     /  28th January 2016

    That photo could be anyone, I could never have said with any certainty that it was someone I knew.

    • Nelly Smickers

       /  28th January 2016

      Goodness, for you to make an admission such as that kitcat, from reading all your previous posts, the photo must indeed be shockingly out of focus 🙂

  2. Pete Kane

     /  28th January 2016

    In addition to the RNZ interview above Larry King interview the women who passed on the data base (which included ‘unitended’ Police information apperently), the basis of much of the book it seems to Wishart. She seems very putout with some of his conclusions. The interview starts aminute into the replay,

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  3. Pete Kane

     /  28th January 2016

    Sorry that didn’t seem to link, It’s 17,15 from the on demand.

    • Timoti

       /  28th January 2016

      Very interesting. Now there are more questions. The hard-drive, no ketch, Watson involved.
      Powerful people and a real stroppy Shelia who gave Wishart the hard-drive, and an ear-full.

      Looks like I will be giving Wishart the boot. However, the woman interviewed hasn’t read the book.

      Thanks for this posting.

      • Pete Kane

         /  28th January 2016

        Wishart’s first extended interview is with Leighton Smith on Newstalk ZB after the 10 am news (according to Smith). Apparently this is quite a longstanding agreement.

  4. Moonie01

     /  28th January 2016

    Hope does say that he thinks Watson has some evidence that may lead to resolution. How could that be if he was not involved as his supporters claim?

    • Pantsdownbrown

       /  28th January 2016

      International drug-running – Scott Watson – murderers – threats – silence


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