Anger spills after verdict

21:17, Jun 26 2014

Police were called to the New Plymouth courthouse after a crowd reacted angrily to a jury's guilty verdicts for the sexual violation of an 11-year-old girl.

Opunake farmer Kevin Bryan Smith, 54, had denied the rape of the girl and another two counts of sexual violation at a house in the township two years ago.

After the four-day trial the jury returned with three guilty verdicts.

One woman who sobbed loudly and protested the decision was ordered to leave the court by Judge Allan Roberts.

Several police were called to back up the security staff and the courtroom was locked when the group of about 20 left the courtroom and remained in the foyer.

The judge remanded Smith in custody, saying jail was inevitable for what was a strike offence.


Taranaki Daily News