Taranaki man on trial for rape, drugs, violence

LYN HUMPHREYS
Last updated 05:00 05/08/2014

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A High Court jury trial involving charges of serious sexual assaults, drugs and violence against two women and children over almost two decades is under way in New Plymouth.

In the dock yesterday Allan Neil Rosewarne, 48, pleaded not guilty to 44 charges as each was read out to him.

The historical charges date back to the 19 years between 1990 to 2009 and relate to alleged offending throughout Taranaki including Whangamomona, Kaponga, Hawera and New Plymouth and further afield in Whakatane.

One of the charges alleges a rape in a Taranaki Base Hospital shower room and a physical attack on one of the women in the hospital grounds in 2003.

In total, Rosewarne denied five counts of rape, six of sexual violation, 11 of injuring with intent to cause grievous bodily harm, two of injuring with intent to cause grievous bodily harm, five of injuring with intent to injure, two of indecent assault, one of kidnapping a woman in Hawera, three of threatening to kill, two assaults with a weapon and four of cruelty to children.

Several of the charges are representative.

Drug-related charges include administering morphine, methadone and methamphetamine to one of the women between 2008 and 2009.

Justice Susan Thomas, of Auckland, told the jurors - nine men and three women - that the trial was expected to take between three and four weeks.

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- Taranaki Daily News

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