A taxi driver accused of raping a passenger after dropping her home from a night on the town says he was invited in and the intercourse was consensual.
Day two of the taxi driver trial opened in the Hamilton District Court this morning and defence counsel Russell Boot put it to the victim that she invited the alleged offender, Keyse Awil Abdi, into her Hamilton home.
She denied doing so.
Abdi has pleaded not guilty, through a Somalian interpreter, to one charge of rape, two of unlawful sexual connection and a further charge of burglary.
Boot, in his cross examination, first focused on how many alcoholic drinks the woman had consumed over the course of the evening of June 13, 2013, before getting into Abdi's taxi.
It was a busy Thursday night in central Hamilton.
The woman had a glass of wine with a friend at one bar then moved to another where she had a few more and decided she would not be driving home. From their the pair went to a free strip club, on her male friend's request. There she had a shot and more drinks before moving to their final bar.
By the time the pair got into Abdi's taxi the woman said she wasn't sober yet nor was she intoxicated.
Boot suggested the woman invited Abdi into her home after dropping off the friend, that he did not push her over in the doorway, that they kissed on the couch before having consensual sex on the floor.
During the woman's police interview on day one of the trial, the woman said Abdi stood up after intercourse and threw money at her, saying "I can come by any time I want".
But Boot questioned her memory of the phrase.
The woman admitted they may not have been the exact words but disagreed with
Boot's suggestion that it could have been "if I need you any time should I come and see you?"
Police photos from the scene show a $5 and $10 on the woman's lounge floor and Boot questioned whether a $100 bill had also been involved. The woman denied the allegation.
All of Boot's suggestions painted a picture of a woman who had engaged willingly in sex with Abdi but later regretted it. He suggested that explained the time delay between the incident, about 2.30am, and her report to police about 1.10pm later that day.
Throughout, the woman denied Boot's assertions.
"I regret taking a taxi in the first place and I regret having a drink," the woman said. "But I did not go to the police because I regretted what happened."
The trial continues.
- Waikato Times