NZ man on rape trial

​The trial against a man from New Zealand and his partner from Hula in the Central Province begun at the Waigani National Court today.

Douglas Ross of Otahuhu, New Zealand and Stella Teha Pia are standing trial on the charge of aggravate rape, a charge under section 347 of the Criminal Code Act.

They appeared before Justice Panuel Mogish this morning where the allegations against them were read in court.

Both Ross and Pia pleaded not guilty to the allegations which saw the trial commence.

It is the State’s allegation that they sexually assaulted a Joselyn Pakure between  August  1 and 2, 2015 at their home at Boroko after they invited her and other friends over for a gathering that night.  

It is alleged the victim did not consent to engage in sexual activities with the couple and she was raped after she passed out.  This allegedly took place after she was given alcohol by the two accused.

The State indicated they will be calling four witnesses. The victim was the first witness called by the State to give evidence in the trial. Her evidence was given - In Camera.

Ross and Pia’s legal team indicated they will rely on the element of consent in their defence.

The trial continues.   


Sally Pokiton