2 Jul 2020

Mariya Taylor allowed to start new compensation claim

From Morning Report, 7:37 am on 2 July 2020

A woman who was sexually harassed in the Air Force by a sergeant known as "Groper Roper" is allowed to start a new claim for compensation.

She will also no longer have to pay costs as ordered previously by the High Court.

Mariya Taylor was abused by Robert Roper at the Whenuapai base in the 1980s. Roper was jailed for 13 years in 2014 for sexual offending against five girls in the 70s and 80s.

In 2018, Justice Edwards ruled Taylor's claim for compensation had been brought too late.

Corin Dann spoke to Taylor. She said it was an unbelievable feeling to have the ruling from the Court of Appeal.