Rape victim could have 'closed her legs'

ninemsn staff
11:39am November 14, 2013

A New Zealand woman raped by a bouncer in an alleyway could have "closed her legs" if she didn't want sex, the man's lawyer told a court.

George Jason Pule, 34, was last night found guilty of raping the unnamed woman, 20, in the early hours of 22nd October 2011.

Wellington District Court heard Pule promised to help the woman gain entry into The Establishment bar before taking the victim for a walk down a laneway where he raped her.

But Pule's lawyer, Keith Jefferies told the jury the woman had made a false complaint to police six days later because she regretted the sex.

Mr Jeffreries also added that there was no struggle or any threats, nor was there violence.

"All she would have had to do was to close her legs… it's as simple as that," Mr Jefferies said in his closing arguments.

"Why didn't she do that? The reason she didn't do that was because the sex was consensual, as easy as that."

The comments come in the wake of the Roast Busters rape scandal, in which a group of New Zealand teenagers boasted online about having sex with drunk girls as young as 13.

Wellington Rape Crisis manager Natalie Gousmett told StuffNZ she was "outraged" by the lawyer's comments: "It's disgusting, bus also unnecessary, to use that kind of victim-blaming rhetoric."

Mr Jefferies has defended his comments saying they were made as part of the defence, and were not his personal view.

Crown prosecutor Geraldine Kelly meanwhile painted a very different picture of the scenario to the jury.

Ms Kelly said that when Mr Pule tried to kiss and grope the victim and she clearly said "no", he bent her against a wall and raped her.

"No, she didn't fight back, she didn't scream her head off, she didn't go running into the street screaming 'Rape!' But this isn't an American TV show," she said.

"This is real life."

The crown told the jury that Mr Pule had promised the woman entry into The Establishment club to see her friends, but told her he had to get something first and led her to a laneway where he then raped her.

Source: Stuff.co.nz
Author: Natasha Lee, Approving editor: Jack Hawke

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