Accused denies flashing victims

LYN HUMPHREYS
Last updated 05:00 19/05/2012

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A New Plymouth man accused of flashing in front of young girls and women at beaches, on the street and in a shop has told a jury that he did not expose himself to any of them.

Darren George Hosking, 45, denies six counts of exposing himself to girls playing at Woodleigh School, a girl looking at clothes in Save Mart and the same girl and her friends in Devon St East at Strandon, teenage girls at Oakura Beach and a 38-year-old mother at Corbett Park during the summer of 2010-2011.

Hosking gave evidence in the witness box on Thursday and continued yesterday morning challenging the testimony of his alleged victims.

The complainants gave similar accounts of how he was wearing short shorts without underwear when he would open his legs, exposing himself to them.

During cross-examination yesterday from Crown solicitor Cherie Clark, Hosking said three of the four girls playing at Woodleigh School, who said he exposed himself, were telling lies.

When visiting Corbett Park on the first occasion on February 5, Hosking said he recalled the woman complainant staring at him with folded arms, glaring, when his son went into the changing rooms to change from his togs into his clothes.

Giving evidence earlier this week, the 38-year-old woman told the court she had left Corbett Park with her daughters that day because she felt uncomfortable when Hosking continued to follow them around.

On the second occasion, nine days later, the woman told the court she saw him again when he exposed himself to her.

Yesterday, Hosking said she was mistaken.

He was sitting down by himself drawing in the sand with driftwood when he saw the woman grabbing her husband and pointing at him.

Ms Clark said when Hosking realised the woman was alerting her husband he quickly left.

Hosking said the allegations by the teenage girls that he exposed himself to them at Oakura Beach was mistaken identity.

"It was not me."

The Crown and defence closed their cases yesterday.

Judge Allan Roberts adjourned the trial until Monday for his summing up.

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