A community constable accused of indecently assaulting five
teenage girls has broken down in tears while giving evidence
in his own defence.
But a lack of evidence has seen one count of indecent assault
dropped in the trial of Hawkes Bay police officer Adam
Dunnett, who is now facing nine sexual charges.
The 37-year-old Flaxmere constable denies the remaining nine
counts of indecent assault on five teenage woman.
Dunnett is now on the witness stand and giving evidence on
day four of his trial. He has already broken down in tears
and was told by Judge Atkins to slow down despite the
"nervousness" he may be feeling.
Defence lawyer Jonathan Krebs submitted that one of the
complainants, during her testimony as a Crown witness, did
not give evidence regarding an alleged indecent assault in
Despite another witness giving evidence about the episode,
the Crown did not oppose the application and Judge Les Atkins
QC said the count would be discharged and will not proceed
with "no evidence to support it".
- Sam Hurley of Hawke's Bay Today