An emotional witness yelled
across the court "that is a lie", when questioned by the
lawyer of a Hawkes Bay police officer on trial for indecent
Day three of the Adam Dunnett trial is underway this morning
in the Napier District Court.
The 37-year-old Flaxmere constable denies 10 counts of
indecent assault on five teenage woman.
Today's first witness described a December 2011 party at the
Ocean Beach Surf Life Saving Club. Previous witnesses have
also given their accounts of the party during the trial.
The teenager said she began drinking wine Dunnett had bought
for her and a friend before later feeling ill effects from
the alcohol and vomiting.
"I saw Adam behind [complainant], spooning her, so I quickly
ran out of the room because I was scared ... I ran into the
toilet, I was shocked and scared," she said. "I heard
[complainant] call out 'f*** off'."
During cross-examination Dunnett's lawyer, Jonathan Krebs,
said the alcohol the witness had consumed had "clouded your
view of everything".
He also claimed the witness had "developed in [her] mind" a
different series of events and did not see Dunnett lying in
bed with her friend.
"That is a lie! Yes, I did see them on that bed," she
Yesterday the complainant gave evidence and said Dunnett made
several attempts to touch her, including rubbing her leg and
and placing his hands around her waist. Dunnett then
allegedly took her to the club's bunk rooms downstairs.
"When I was down there I felt trapped," she said. "He pushed
me up against the bunk beds and tried to kiss me and stick
his tongue down my throat. I was crying, and really upset, I
was in shock."
She said later in the evening, after going to sleep in the
club house, she awoke to find the 37-year-old behind her with
one hand down her pants and one on her bra.
"As soon as I realised he was behind me I yelled 'f*** off'."
Today's second witness, who was also at the December 2011
party, is currently on the stand and said he "respected" and
"looked up to" Dunnett before the alleged offences took
He said the morning after the alleged incident he spoke to
Dunnett, who "knew what he was doing and what he wanted to
Dunnett is expected to take the witness stand as the trial
comes to a conclusion after the Crown's final witnesses are
The charges Dunnett faces were allegedly committed while he
was a volunteer lifeguard director and coach at Ocean Beach
between May 2011 and New Year's Day 2013.
The charges arose after parties at the Ocean Beach Surf Life
Saving Club and the Taradale Fire Station.
In total, the Crown alleged there were five different "events
Dunnett is still employed by police but is suspended on full
The trial, before Judge Les Atkins QC, continues.
- By Sam Hurley of
Hawke's Bay Today