A 41-year-old Dunedin man was yesterday found guilty on seven
of nine charges alleging sexual offending against three women
in 2009, 2010 and 2012.
The jury took less than three hours to reach its findings in
the trial of the man, whose name remains suppressed until
further order of the court.
Following the verdict in the Dunedin District Court, Judge
Michael Crosbie convicted the man and remanded him in custody
for sentence on March 21. He also gave him a first strike
warning under the three strikes legislation.
The man was found guilty of unlawfully entering a 30-year-old
woman's house at Gore on September 21, 2009, attempting to
sexually violate her by attempted anal intercourse the same
day and raping her.
He was also found guilty of indecently assaulting a young
woman by grabbing her bottom on more than one occasion at her
Dunedin flat on March 1, 2010 and unlawfully entering the
same young woman's home at Gore more than once, with intent
to commit a crime, between April 6 and July 31, 2010. He was
found not guilty of another indecent assault between March 1
and April 6 when he was accused of grabbing the young woman's
The man was discharged during the trial on one sexual
violation charge alleging unlawful sexual connection with a
third woman, aged about 40, at a Balclutha toilet on April
However, he was found guilty of raping her in the toilet on
the same night and raping her again near a church at Pukerau
later in the night.
The defence case was that none of the incidents happened,
although the man said he had sex with the third victim, with
her consent, at Port Chalmers, several hours before giving
her a ride to Gore, when she said he raped her. Scientific
evidence identified his semen on swabs taken from that woman.
Crown counsel Craig Power and Sarah Saunderson-Warner put
their closing arguments to the jury on Thursday afternoon and
Judge Crosbie summed up the case yesterday before asking the
jury to reach a verdict.
He reminded the jurors an accused person had to be presumed
innocent and the Crown must prove the charges. The accused
did not have to prove anything.