Woodend rape trial jury resumes deliberations

November 24, 2015 | By More

jury-boxThe jury has resumed its deliberations in the Christchurch High Court trial of five men charged with the rape of a teenager at a bonfire gathering on the beach at Woodend.

Jury members returned to the jury room at 9.25am today after beginning to consider their verdicts about 2.30pm on Monday, after Justice David Gendall had delivered his summing up.

They finished for the day at 5pm and went home for the night, before returning to the jury room this monring.

Today is the 11th day of the trial, which concerns an incident on May 23, 2014, when a 16-year-old girl said in evidence she was raped or sexually violated by three men. Two others are alleged by the Crown to have been “parties” who were present at the time of the offences.

The jury continued its deliberations all day on Tuesday and was then sent away at 5pm to resume again at 9.30am on Wednesday.


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