Confessed kidnapper denies rape

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Last updated 17:02 31/07/2013

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A man accused of rape says his DNA was found on the victim because they had consensual sex earlier in the day, a Hamilton court has heard.

John Martin, 20, has pleaded not guilty to a charge of raping the woman at a house in the Hamilton suburb of Nawton on April 10, last year.

The High Court in Hamilton was told today that DNA analysis showed semen found on the victim was 10 thousand million-million times more likely to be that of Martin than anyone else.

The court was told Martin and three co-accused, whose names are suppressed, took the victim from a South Auckland address to the house in Hamilton because she owed $20,000 to a man in Auckland.

The victim was told the group was acting on the man's instructions.

At the Hamilton house she was put in a shed with her arms and legs tied behind her back.

The court was told it was while the victim was tied up in the shed, that she was raped.

She eventually managed to escape through a small window and clamber to safety over a fence to a neighbour.

Justice Kit Toogood urged the jury of three women and nine men to ignore the fact Martin had pleaded guilty to the kidnapping charge, saying "it does not mean he must be guilty of any other offence".

The court was told DNA analysis on semen found in the victim was 10 thousand million-million times more likely to be that of Martin than anyone else.

Martin later admitted having with the victim, but said it was before leaving Auckland and it was consensual.

The trial is continuing.

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- Waikato Times

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