Footpath rape-accused will not give evidence

DAVID CLARKSON
Last updated 15:53 07/08/2012

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The Crown has closed its case and the defence will call no further evidence in the trial of a 42-year-old man charged with the knife-point rape of a woman on a Christchurch street.

Wayne David Batchelor would not give evidence at the trial, defence counsel Lee-Lee Heah announced as the Crown closed its case today on the sixth day of the trial before Judge Gary MacAskill and a Christchurch District Court jury.

The Crown case has centred on DNA evidence. Batchelor was arrested after the Crown says a DNA match was found nine years after the crime in 2000.

The victim of the rape, aged 22 at the time, said she was blocked on the footpath as she walked to work early in the morning, by a man who pulled a knife and forced her into a driveway where he raped her and forced her to perform oral sex.

The defence called a DNA expert as a witness who was heard during the prosecution part of the trial.

Closing addresses by the Crown and the defence will be heard from 10am tomorrow and Judge MacAskill will sum up either later tomorrow or on Thursday before the jury retires to consider its verdicts.

Batchelor denies charges of rape, sexual violation, threatening to cause grievous bodily harm, and unlawful possession of an offensive weapon - a knife.

His defence says the Crown's DNA evidence has identified the wrong man.

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