Alleged paedo principal appears in court

Alleged paedo principal appears in court

The three sisters who accused former Melbourne principal Malka Leifer of sexually abusing them want to face her in person, a court has heard. The 54-year-old former principal of the ultra-Orthodox Jewish Adass Israel School appeared on Friday morning for a brief administrative hearing in the Melbourne Magistrates Court. Ms Leifer is facing 74 charges of sexually abusing sisters – Dassi Erlich, Elly Sapper and Nicole Meyer – during the period she was principal at the school between 2004 and 2008. The sisters previously sought a court order so they could be named in proceedings. Prosecutor Holly Baxter said the sisters wanted to give evidence against their alleged abuser in person and not at a remote facility during a committal hearing. The hearing will determine the strength of the case against Ms Leifer and whether it proceeds to trial. The remote option would remain available to the sisters but it was unlikely to be used, Ms Baxter said. The former principal’s lawyer Tony Hargreaves told the court he wanted her to appear in person because it was “impossible” to get …
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