The trial of a 43-year-old Blenheim man on 30 charges, including multiple counts of rape and indecent assault on a child, began in the Blenheim District Court yesterday.
The man denied all the offences against three females, alleged to have taken place between 1996 and 2011, when he appeared before Justice Alan MacKenzie and a jury.
The man faces six charges of rape, four charges of assault on a child aged under 12, six charges of indecent assault on a child between 12 to 16, five charges of indecent assault against a young person under 16, two charges of indecent assault on a person over 16 and one charge of assault on a child (under 14).
The trial is expected to continue for two weeks.
In his opening, Crown prosecutor Mark O'Donoghue asked the jury to carefully consider the elements that made up the different charges. They would have to consider the credibility or reliability of the witnesses, he said.
Defence lawyer Rob Harrison acknowledged the jury faced a difficult task.
"I appreciate it is an incredibly hard task and a distasteful one to sit through."
Waiting while the 30 charges were read out was a long process for the jury to sit through, and that itself raised issues of prejudice, Mr Harrison said.
However, he urged jurors to keep an open mind.
He especially asked them to consider the credibility and reliability of the three complainants.
- The Marlborough Express