'Fifty Shades' rape case may be retried

LYN HUMPHREYS
Last updated 05:00 26/11/2013

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A man acquitted of raping his estranged wife in a case compared to the sado-masochistic novel Fifty Shades of Grey may be retried.

Crown prosecutor Justin Marinovich said the file had been sent to the Crown Law office for review and consideration of an appeal.

The accused, who has name suppression, was on trial in the New Plymouth District Court two weeks ago charged with the rape and sexual violation of his former wife.

The Crown told the jury that the man had committed rape by pretending to be a younger man and had used extensive deception and trickery to convince his victim.

When the two met to have sex she was blindfolded and he wore a balaclava and sunglasses.

A copy of a popular Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy novel, along with The Diary of a Submissive: A Modern True Tale of Sexual Awakening, was found next to the woman's bed.

The Crown said the man lied to his former wife and had tried to organise an alibi for himself.

During a police interview the man denied having had any sexual contact with her.

But after six days of evidence - most of which was from the complainant in the witness box - Judge Allan Roberts called a halt to the jury trial and released the accused.

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