Alleged rape victim lied: lawyer

JIMMY ELLINGHAM
Last updated 07:18 24/01/2013

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A woman who says she was raped and violated in her house denies allegations she invented a ''malicious lie'' about what happened to her.

The man accused of violating the woman is John Tamati Williams, 32, of Hamilton.

Before Judge Les Atkins and a jury in the Palmerston North District Court, Williams is on trial facing two sexual violation charges and one of rape from an encounter on December 3, 2010.

He is accused of entering the property of a 24-year-old woman who was having a cigarette on her porch while her three young children were asleep in the lounge, and demanding her car keys.

The Crown says Williams violated, raped and forced the woman to perform sexual acts before he fell asleep.

The defence says there was no proof of physical contact and Williams' lawyer Tony Thackery yesterday accused the woman of lying.

''Could it be that none of this sexual encounter you've told us all about ever happened?'' he asked.

''It happened,'' the woman said.

''For whatever reason, known only to you, you've got it into your head to make up this monstrous lie about what happened?''

''It did happen.''

Mr Thackery said it seemed ''far more logical'' that she was outside smoking, had started a conversation with a passer-by and invited him inside her house. The woman denied that.

Mr Thackery said she changed her story to minimise the sexual contact as a way of explaining the lack of DNA evidence.

The woman said Williams fell asleep, allowing her to leave her property.

''I got my kids and took off. I feared for my kids' safety like any normal parent would.''

The woman disagreed with suggestions from Mr Thackery that she had unzipped Williams' fly and exposed his genitalia after he nodded off.

''Why would I do that?'' the woman said.

She also denied trying to put off her medical examination.

''You knew if you were examined the doctor wouldn't find anything ... you wanted an opportunity to destroy any chances of being found out, is that right?'' Mr Thackery said.

The woman denied that, saying she remembered being told not to eat or drink anything or brush her hair or shower until she was examined. She said she was speaking the truth.

The trial continues.

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