Repeated rapes of girl denied

COURT REPORTER
Last updated 07:25 04/03/2014

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A former South Island man has denied repeatedly raping a girl who became pregnant with his child.

The man, who has name suppression, appeared in the Timaru District Court yesterday in front of Judge Brian Callaghan and a jury of five men and seven women.

He faces 19 charges; three of indecent assault on a young person under 16, 10 of sexual violation by unlawful sexual connection and six of rape.

The offending is said to have happened in three South Island towns between 1996 and 2009. There were two complainants, with 17 charges relating to one and two to the other.

Andrew McRae opened for the Crown and said the offending began in 1996. On two separate occasions the accused penetrated the girl's genitalia with his finger, when she was aged between 12 and 16. He later raped her and also forced her to perform oral sex on him. The charges were representative, as the offending would happen up to three times a week.

When the complainant was aged 15, she fell pregnant and gave birth to a child. A DNA analysis shows the accused is 50 million times more likely than any other person to be the biological father.

In the following years she became pregnant to her partner and the accused is also said to have raped her while she was heavily pregnant.

In his police interview the accused said his sexual urges were non-existent due to a back injury and he then denied being the father of the child.

The second complainant said twice the accused touched her inappropriately.

Defence counsel Tony Balme said the accused admitted some sexual activity with the first complainant. "There was limited sexual connection in 2001 which led up to her child. He says it was consensual, other than that he denies the allegations."

The trial is set down to continue all week. The complainants and accused will all be giving evidence, but the court will be closed due to the sensitive nature of the case.

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- The Timaru Herald

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