Guilty of rape charges

Philip Michael Hayward of Marlborough has been found guilty on two charges of rape.

The 56-year-old was also found guilty of stupefying his victim using sleeping tablets and alcohol, and not guilty on a third charge of rape.

Suppression of Hayward's name lapsed yesterday and he has been remanded in custody for sentencing on September 12.

The jury delivered its findings yesterday afternoon after more than a day of deliberation following an eight-day trial at the Blenheim District Court.

Judge Gus Andree Wiltens summed up the case on Tuesday morning, after a full day of closing addresses by Crown prosecutor Mark O'Donoghue and defence counsel Lester Cordwell on Monday.

The offending, on a girl aged between 10 and 13, took place in Blenheim between August 1998 and August 2001.

Two further charges of inducing a girl to do an indecent act were dismissed during the trial as no evidence was produced supporting them.

The Marlborough Express