Woman tells of shock waking to man in room

Last updated 14:42 25/02/2014

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A man is on trial in Invercargill for an alleged sexual offence.

Nicholas Bevan Harvey, 22, has pleaded not guilty to a charge of sexual violation by unlawful sexual connection in July 2012.

The High Court trial is being heard before Justice Whata.

Crown prosecutor Elliot Higbee, in his opening address, told the jury the complainant was asleep in the early hours of the morning. Harvey went into the lounge, knelt beside her and touched her private parts, he said. She woke up and he stopped and moved away, Mr Higbee said.

Defence lawyer Katy Barker said Harvey did not sexually violate the woman. "It simply never happened."

Harvey accepted he was at the house for a brief time but he never entered the lounge, Ms Barker said.

The complainant told the court yesterday she woke up in shock.

"I was so scared. I didn't know what to do."

The trial continues today.

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