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An 83-year-old man on trial has denied the 17 historical sexual charges brought against him in relation to incidents with five females.
The man appeared in the Invercargill District Court earlier this week and pleaded not guilty to five charges of indecent assault on a girl under 12 years old, five counts of indecency with girl under 12 and two charges of indecent assault on a girl between 12 and 16 years old.
The charges relate to alleged incidents with five girls, aged between 4 and 15 years old, between 1975 and 2010.
Crown prosecutor Riki Donnelly, in his opening address, said each of the women had family connections with the defendant.
Among the allegedly inappropriate behaviour, the defendant tried to touch breasts, the groin area and kiss some of the girls.
He also made some of them touch his penis, he said.
''One of them struggled to find words to describe the way he was touching her.''
He said the jury need to decide if the touching and actions were intentional and if they were indecent.
Defence counsel Bill Dawkins did not make an opening address of the case.
The trial continues before Judge Bernadette Farnan today.