Last month 26-year-old Patrick Kane, one of the biggest players in the NHL, was accused of raping a 21-year-old woman.
Thus far, no charges have been filed, but a big development in the case were announced earlier today when the accuser’s lawyer, Thomas J. Eoannou, claimed that someone stole the rape kit evidence and dropped it off at her mother’s doorstep.
In a press conference, Eoannou claimed that the evidence had been tampered with and was no longer admissible in court.
The developments in the case are strange, to say the least.
In the news conference held earlier today, Eoannou said, “In my 30 plus years of being both a prosecutor and a defense attorney, I have never seen an evidence bag outside of a police lab, prosecutor’s office, or a courtroom, let alone find one in the door way of a rape victim’s mother’s home.”
Perhaps what’s most frustrating about the curious misplacement of the critical evidence is that is has been obviously tampered with. When it was found, the bag had been ripped open.
The bag with the rape kit evidence that was stolen was delivered to the door of the accuser’s mother anonymously and Eoannou is now demanding that an investigation be open immediately by an independeny law enforcement agency, not only to find out who is the culprit, but also, to discover how the bag even disappeared from police custody to begin with.
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