Rape kit and packaging still in our possession, say police
The lawyer for Patrick Kane’s accuser says that the rape kit evidence bag from the case showed up at the front door of the accuser’s mother yesterday.
Attorney Thomas Eoannou, a former prosecutor and defense lawyer, says the kit was torn open and shoved between the screen door and front door of the home.
“This is no hoax,” he said. “The evidence bag had been torn open.”
Eoannou said his office was requesting an outside investigation into how the rape kit was allowed out of police custody. Photos of the damaged bag, which was on display during the press conference, have been sent to the local district attorney’s office, he said.
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“We don’t know what was found where,” Eoannou said. “We have an evidence bag that was ripped open–something was either taken out of it or placed in another bag.
The attorney said leaks in the case have been devastating to his client, and that prior to the rape kit’s appearance he never considered discussing the case with the media.
“It was never my intention to try this case in the media,” said Eoannou. “This is a classic example why rape victims choose to not come forward.”
He had strong words for reporters filing stories with anonymous tips discussing “semen in the victim’s underpants,” and said the leaks from the investigation were “troublesome.”
“In my 30-years plus of being a prosecutor and defense attorney, I have never seen an evidence bag outside of a police lab, the prosecutor’s office or courthouse,” he said. “Let alone find one in the doorway of a rape victim’s mother’s home.
“We’re hoping to get to the bottom of it. We’re hoping to find out how this happened and who had the incentive to modify or tamper with the evidence and finally get to the bottom of it rather than have misinformation about semen in one’s undergarments.”
Kane’s lawyer Paul Cambria gave a press conference from his office later in the afternoon, saying an investigation into how the bag was removed from police custody was unnecessary.
“Unless they can show that the exhibit has been compromised from the time it was collected from the girl to the time it was tested, the results are intact,” he said. “We are pleased with the results (of the test).”
Cambria repeatedly stated throughout his press conference that the DNA of multiple men had been found on the victim, though he said none of it was Kane’s.
Hamburg, NY police released a statement claiming “the integrity of its chain of custody of evidence in this case is unassailable.”
Erie County Central Police Services Commissioner John Glascott issued a statement saying that the original rape kit, including its packaging, was still in possession of police.
Kane remains at Blackhawks training camp Wednesday afternoon.