Charges dropped in Katoomba circus school abuse case

Therese Ann Cook, 58, Paul Cook, 52, Yyani Cook-Williams, 30, and Clarissa Meredith, 23, and three juveniles pleaded not guilty to more than 120 charges combined.

Defence lawyer Bryan Wrench told Nine News outside court: “This is probably one of the greatest miscarriages of justice this state has seen.”

NSW Police said a review has been requested.

“The NSW Police Force notes the withdrawal of all charges against seven people, including four women, two men, and a teenage girl at Penrith Local Court today,” a statement said.

“It remains the strong recommendation of the Child Abuse and Sex Crimes Squad that the matters proceed before the court and a review has been requested.”

A spokeswoman for the DPP told a number of charges have been dropped in the case, it is not yet clear how many.

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