Jury told of sex violation of a sleeping woman

Last updated 08:41 21/02/2013

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A 21-year-old chef has been accused of sexually violating a sleeping Timaru woman.

Daniel Michael Hogg appeared in front of a jury the Timaru District Court yesterday, charged with sexual violation by unlawful sexual connection following an incident on June 21, 2011.

The Crown opened its case yesterday and said the complainant, her boyfriend and two work colleagues had been socialising after they finished work at a Timaru restaurant.

They were playing beer pong, a drinking game, with spirits. In the early hours the complainant started to feel unwell and decided to go to bed.

She would give evidence today that she awoke to find Hogg in her bed, and digital penetration had occurred. He lay on top of her and tried to kiss her before running off and telling her not to tell her boyfriend, the Crown said in its opening address.

In its opening, the defence said the amount of alcohol consumed meant Hogg could not be positively identified as having been in the victim's bed and that he had left and gone home.

The jury was then taken to view the location where the alleged offending occurred.

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- The Timaru Herald

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