A 23-year-old man standing trial in Blenheim District Court on nine charges of indecent assault on two underage girls claims part of the police evidence against him is motivated by revenge.
It was a case of "a woman scorned", he said during an interview with police.
Zane Russell Greer, of Blenheim, appeared before Judge Peter Butler and a jury yesterday on the second day of his trial.
He continues to deny all charges of indecently assaulting two girls, aged under 15 at the time of the alleged offending in August last year. Charges include touching the girls' breasts, putting his hands down their pants and kissing them.
A DVD of a police interview with Greer, shown in court yesterday afternoon, relayed his continual denial of all the alleged offending.
There was no inappropriate touching on either girl, he said.
Greer had moved into a new house on July 27 last year, "heartbroken" because of the on-and-off relationship with his partner.
He became sexually involved with his new flatmate despite still being in love with his partner and returned to her after only six nights at the new flat.
When the police questioned him about what his flatmate had told them, claiming that she had seen some of the offending, Greer said she was "a woman scorned".
"She said she would get me back . . . this woman burned so I had to stay away," he said on the recorded interview. "How can I fight this?
"I can't explain something that never happened."
The jury is scheduled to hear the closing arguments of Crown prosecutor Sophie O'Donoghue and defence lawyer Philip Watson today.
- The Marlborough Express
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