Lawyer for accuser of NHL's Kane sees possible evidence tampering

Wed Sep 23, 2015 5:59pm EDT
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By Steve Ginsburg

(Reuters) - The attorney for a woman accusing NHL star Patrick Kane of sexual assault said on Wednesday an evidence bag that once contained the case's rape kit was delivered anonymously to the home of the accuser's mother.

Attorney Thomas Eoannou said he would request an independent investigation "by a separate law enforcement agency into how this breach could have possibly happened."

He declined to speculate how the disclosure would affect the investigation, but added: "If you're looking for a surefire way to scuttle a prosecution, you may tamper with the evidence."

Kane's accuser told police that Kane, a three-time Stanley Cup champion with the Chicago Blackhawks and one of the National Hockey League's top players, raped her in his lakeshore home in Hamburg, New York, early on the morning of Aug. 2 after the two met at a Buffalo nightclub.

The 26-year-old Kane has not been charged with any crime and has denied the accusation.

The Buffalo News reported over the weekend that DNA evidence gathered in the rape investigation did not confirm the woman's allegation she was raped by Kane. His DNA was found beneath the woman’s fingernails and on her shoulders, the News reported, according to two sources, one of them identified as a member of law enforcement.

Kane’s attorney, Paul Cambria, told reporters on Wednesday that tampering with evidence would only hurt Kane because the results pointed to his exoneration.

"The only one who might have an incentive to have the evidence questioned is someone who is not pleased with the result," Cambria said.   Continued...

Chicago Blackhawks player Patrick Kane talks with media during media day the day before the 2015 Stanley Cup Final in Tampa, Florida June 2, 2015.  Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports/Files