A Northland man raped his teenage sister because he wanted to
experience sex after his friend said it was "pretty good", a
jury has heard.
The 64-year-old - who cannot be identified for legal reasons
- has denied one charge of rape that allegedly occurred 49
years ago in a house in Northland which the siblings then
A two-day trial started before Judge Duncan Harvey in the
Whangarei District Court yesterday.
The complainant told the court she was cleaning the house and
was about to leave a room when she saw her elder brother
standing at the door.
He pushed her on to the bed and raped her after she rejected
his offer of sex, she said.
The woman said he had a friend who used to come around and
help her brother work on his cars.
She said that friend told her brother that sex was "pretty
good", which was why her sibling wanted to experience it.
Her brother was 15 years old and she was two years younger
when the alleged rape took place.
When she was in her late 20s, the complainant said he visited
her with a big bouquet of flowers and apologised for his
She asked him why he raped her and he just apologised and
tried to make amends as best he could, she told the jury.
She told him: "That's okay, I forgave you years ago."
But it didn't alter the fact that she was raped, she said.
Defence lawyer Wayne McKean said his client's argument was
that the sex with his sister took place in his room and that
she pulled down her clothing rather than him removing the
She said it was not true.
She accused her brother of being a liar and of treating her
like absolute dirt.
Earlier, Crown solicitor Mike Smith told the jury in his
opening address that under the law, it didn't matter how long
ago the alleged incident happened.
She went to police in 2002 and made a statement and in
October 2010, her interview with police was recorded on
The man was spoken to by police on November 28, 2011, and he
declined to comment or to make a statement.
The trial continues today.
- By Imran Ali of the Northern Advocate