A jury has started deliberating in the case of an osteopath
on trial accused of two dozen sex and indecency charges.
Richard Davis, 53, of Katikati, has denied 11 counts of
unlawful sexual connection and 13 counts of indecent assault
in relation to the treatment of some of his patients at his
The charges were brought after 10 of his female patients
alleged Davis touched them inappropriately and in a sexual
manner during treatment.
The sexual violations charges relate to allegations by some
of the women that Davis performed invasive acts on them
The trial before Justice David Collins in the High Court at
Wellington has lasted for two weeks.
The jury of seven women and five men retired to consider
their decision about 11.30am.
In his summing up, Justice Collins told the jury the Crown's
case was that Davis' behaviour showed a pattern of offending
against the women.
All women said they were told by Davis that he was performing
The Crown also said all the women were either asked to remove
their underwear or Davis removed them before sexually
assaulting them, Justice Collins said.
The Crown also said techniques were not legitimate
osteopathic techniques, he said.
The defence, however, said some patients were genuinely
confused about his treatment, in some cases any inappropriate
touching was accidental and some complainants were wrong in
their accusations, Justice Collins said.
The defence also said the patients were a random cross
section of the community.
Justice Collins told the jury that if the complainant
consented to what they believed was a legitimate clinical
treatment, but the jury did not believe that treatment was
legitimate, then they could conclude no consent was given.
- Rebecca Quilliam of APNZ