The fate of a 56-year-old Marlborough man facing three charges of rape and one of stupefying lies in the hands of 12 jurors.
The jury left the Blenheim District Court shortly before 11.30am yesterday, after a summing up of the trial by Judge Gus Andree Wiltens.
Wiltens said there had been a large disparity of evidence heard during the six-day trial.
The disparity in the evidence was such that it was clear not everybody who had given evidence had been telling the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth, he said.
"You need to decide who has told the truth about what," he told the jury.
During the hearing the Crown claimed the defendant had regularly raped a girl aged between 10 and 13, between August 1998 and August 2001.
It was alleged that the defendant facilitated his offending by stupefying his victim on earlier occasions using sleeping tablets and alcohol.
The defence denied any off- ending had taken place, argu- ing the allegations were fabricated.
They alleged the complainant was pressured to make the allegations by a third party who had had an unrelated dispute with the defendant.
Two charges of inducing a girl to do an indecent act were dismissed during the trial after no evidence was produced supporting them.
The jury was expected to continue their deliberations this morning.
- The Marlborough Express
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