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MARIYA'S FIGHT FOR JUSTICE FROM THE NZDF - Updates - Givealittle

  • Court of Appeal Wellington 1st/2nd October 2019     26 September 2019

    Just a update.

    The hearing at the Court of Appeal in Wellington is getting closer.

    1st and 2nd of October 2019 only a few days away.

    Mariya’s legal team have been working tirelessly to get all the submissions in and we are ready to do it.

    A massive thanks to everyone who has donated to date and for the ongoing support and kindness that has been received. The love and support from the NZ public has certainly helped during this re traumatising journey.

    Fees are mounting up so please can you dig deep to help ease the burden on Mariya and her family to help pay pending costs associated with the trial and appeal.

    The Defence Force needs to be held accountable and this must stop, Mariya’s chosen career was to serve her country and this is the atrocious behaviour our Defence Force have thrown at her when they owed her a duty of care.

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  • update on appeal hearing     16 April 2019

    Mariya and her dedicated team have recently been given a date towards the end of this year when she will get the long awaited opportunity to present her case to the Court of Appeal judges.

    Mariya would like to thank you all for your generosity, caring messages and support over this difficult time. She will not have closure until her appeal is heard.

    Her expenses are mounting up so we have chosen to extend the timeframe on this page to help her financially as much as possible. Already funds donated have eased some of the financial stress by allowing Mariya to comply with court orders and meet her ever increasing legal costs which her team do everything they can to keep to a minimum.

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  • Thankyou Message     26 January 2019

    Mariya would like to express a huge thankyou to each and everyone for their ongoing support, kind words and generous donations.

    “The kindness I have been shown this week has been very overwhelming. The special messages and gratitude I am feeling have kept me going through some of the hardest days.

    Thank you from the bottom of my heart”

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  • Use of Funds     26 January 2019

    TRIAL

    Funds will be used to cover already accrued High Court Trial costs such as the court filing fees, court hearing fees for the eight day trial $24,000, witness expenses (some witnesses came to Auckland to testify for Mariya from United States and other parts of NZ) in March 2018.

    A total figure spent $56,000

    APPEAL

    Security court costs $13,200. Court of Appeal filing fee $980, hearing fees (over $2,600 a day) setting down fee ($2,600), plus additional fees (unsure of figures at this stage) which will fall due imminently. The preparation of a large number of appeal books for the appeal judges and the parties.

    JUDGEMENT

    As a result of a court judgment handed down on 21 January, 2018 Mariya must also pay $28,039.25 to Robert Roper, the perpetrator, who is currently imprisoned for multiple rapes and other offences. The judgment can be found here http://img.scoop.co.nz/media/pdfs/1901/2019NZHC16TaylorvRoper.pdf Surplus funds will be donated to charities which assist those who have been affected by sexual assault, violence or bullying and to support the pressing need for law reform in this highly sensitive area.

    The courts should be for everyone including the vulnerable and not just the wealthy.

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  • Update     28 November 2018

    Just an update, Mariya has managed to open a bank account in NZ herself so funds will all go directly into her account.

    Thanks so much to everyone that has donated so far.

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  • Updated News Articles 27 Nov 18     28 November 2018

    ***UPDATE***

    Great news! The NZDF has withdrawn their application for their portion of the costs however Roper and his legal team are still pursuing costs.

    Mariya has already accrued significant legal costs and expenses thus far and she has an appeal pending which has large costs associated with it.

    Please let’s help ease the financial burden.

    https://www.stuff.co.nz/auckland/108768718/pm-says-air-force-sex-attack-victim-will-not-be-forced-to-pay-defence-legal-costs?fbclid=IwAR0r9pxBUQpdBbJ8gSXT5XPeywAa5FXkdVQ66cEGN3I4Q5blIjLbtWPwXBk

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  • Mariya's personal message     24 November 2018

    A personal message from Mariya......

    This case has dominated the past four years of my life. I would like to sincerely thank each and everyone of you that has donated or supported me with your kind words.

    I would also like to thank my amazing and supportive legal team, the Prime Minister of New Zealand, RSL Officials, past and present Defence Personal and most of all my family and friends who have walked this journey right beside me.

    I have been overwhelmed with the support of the NZ public. Dropping my name suppression was a huge thing for me.

    In my head there was a little voice that was never heard, a voice that stayed suppressed for many years, a voice that was fearful of speaking out..... to a voice that is now been heard and so much stronger and touching the nation.

    I still have a way to go in my fight for justice but I want to sincerely thank each and every one of you from the bottom of my heart for now walking this journey with me.

    Mariya

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