A prominent Northlander is on trial for sex and violence
charges spanning more than two decades.
The 53-year-old, who has name suppression, has denied 24
charges of assault with a weapon, four of male assaults
female, four of assault with intent to injure, three of
threatening to kill, three of sexual violation by rape, two
of arson and two of using a document for pecuniary advantage.
Further charges include: Two each of assaulting a child aged
younger than 14, assault, discharging a firearm with intent
and reckless discharge of a firearm.
Single charges include attempted arson, perjury, and
attempting to pervert the course of justice.
A three-week trial started before Judge Duncan Harvey in the
Whangarei District Court on Monday.
Grant Anson, for the Crown, told the jury of seven men and
five women that the alleged offences happened between 1987
and 2009 in areas around the Far North and Kaipara.
He said the defendant achieved what he wanted through his
display of violence and loss of temper.
Mr Anson alleged that the man burnt down his matrimonial home
to gain public sympathy.
The defendant used a number of weapons including a belt,
shovel and hose pipe to assault his victims, the Crown
Defence lawyer John Moroney said the allegations against his
client were "contrived" to get money from him.
He said there were never any complaints in the many years the
defendant knew the woman.
Judge Harvey declined the defendant bail for the duration of
the trial to the address proposed but would revisit the issue
if another address was approved by the Crown.
- Northern Advocate