One of the men already charged with stupefying and sexually assaulting people faced 15 new charges in the Christchurch District Court today.
Jury members have been offered counselling after returning a clean sweep of guilty verdicts in a three-week sexual abuse and violence trial.
Allegations of long-term abuse by a 40-year-old are false – made up by a woman and three children to get the man out of their lives – the defence has alleged at a trial in the High Court at Christchurch.
The Crown is alleging 13 years of violence and sexual abuse by a man who has gone on trial, but the jury was told the victims did not complain during regular contacts with the authorities.
Four more sex charges were laid against company director John Michael Condon, in the Christchurch District Court today.
A man accused of 19 sex and violence charges against his travelling companion has given evidence that the couple had “a normal, consensual” sexual relationship.
A man made a throat-cutting gesture at his alleged rape victim over a video-link to a Christchurch District courtroom.
A judge has reduced the jail sentence for a 22-year-old charged with arranging the sexual abuse of a toddler because of his claim of longstanding abuse by a male relative.
A Christchurch school caretaker and bus driver who spent years sexually abusing physically and mentally disabled girls as young as five has admitted 21 charges and is in custody for sentencing in April.