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Man denies sexually abusing child

LYN HUMPHREYS
Last updated 05:00 24/06/2014

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An 11-year-old girl has described her fear when an Opunake man allegedly sexually abused her.

The upset girl told her friend at school that she had been raped, and after the principal spoke to her, she was taken to the police.

In the New Plymouth District Court, Kevin Bryan Smith, 54, has denied three charges of sexually violating the girl by unlawful sexual connection on two different occasions about two years ago.

The Crown alleges Smith abused her when she had been sleeping on a couch in the lounge.

On the second occasion he turned her over and abused her further.

The sexual assaults were done in silence, Crown prosecutor Nina Laird told the jurors.

Defence counsel Julian Hannam said the issue for the jurors was not one of consent because there was no sexual activity.

After hearing the evidence, the jury would find his client "absolutely did not" commit the offences alleged by the Crown and find him not guilty.

The trial, expected to run for three days, continues today.

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