Intimidation protest from witness at home invasion trial

June 3, 2015 | By More

Court House-Sept-2013-06The alleged victim of a violent home invasion has protested in court about feeling intimidated by two of the accused attackers as he gave his evidence.

The man, who has name suppression, paused during cross-examination to complain to Christchurch District Court Judge Brian Callaghan.

He told the judge: “I feel a bit intimidated because those two men keep staring me out.”

When told that the accused were allowed to look at him while he gave his evidence against them, the man replied: “It is the way they are looking at me, Your Honour.”

Today is the second day of the trial of a mother and her two sons who face joint charges of aggravated burglary and wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm.

The mother also faces a charge of sexual violation by unlawful sexual connection because the Crown alleges that when the group smashed its way into the bedroom she thrust her fingers into the vagina of the assault victim’s partner who was naked at the time.

Sarah Janine Godkin, 48, and her sons Isaac Miles Milner, 22, and Ethan Wikaira Milner, 21, deny all charges in the two-week trial.

The victim was cross-examined by defence counsel after giving his evidence about the alleged attack in retribution for a claimed assault on Godkin when she was ejected from a party at the same house the night before.

He told of being bashed in the face with a glass jug from a blender, which smashed and slashed open his cheek, and being struck about the head by a metal bike rack. The Crown alleges the sons were the two men wielding these objects as weapons.

Cross-examined by counsel for Godkin, Serina Bailey, the man denied an allegation that he had punched the woman in the head, knocking her unconscious, when she was ejected from the party. He said she had fallen down the steps from the decking, but he had not pushed her.

He insisted that he did see Godkin put her hand down to his partner’s crotch area during the attack in the bedroom.

Counsel for Isaac Milner, Tony Garrett, questioned him closely about how many people from the group of attackers had come into the bedroom.

He told the man: “Because of everything going on in that room, you are mistaken about the numbers.” The man insisted that he knew exactly how many were there – two “boys” and one woman in the doorway.

He denied having to wash blood from his hands after ejecting Godkin from the party the night before.

The woman who alleges Sarah Janine Godkin sexually violated her said she heard people banging on the window, and coming into the house. The bedroom door was kicked in and three people entered the room, she said.

She didn’t see what was happening to the other victim, but said Godkin held her arms and told her to look at what injuries she had received the night before.

The woman said she “felt a bad pain in her vagina” but couldn’t see what had caused it, and Godkin was the only person near her.

Everyone ran off after they saw the blood coming out of the male victim’s ear, she said, and she went outside.

A neighbour told her she had blood on her toe, and she realised she was bleeding from her vagina. She was taken to hospital and had to have internal stitches, she said.

 

 

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