Kurt Bayer

Kurt Bayer is an APNZ reporter based in Christchurch.

Woman raped after police left her stranded, court told

File photo / NZ Herald
File photo / NZ Herald

A sober woman left stranded in a pub car park in the early hours after police confiscated her car keys was raped shortly afterwards, a court heard today.

The Christchurch mother-of-two became emotional when giving evidence at the opening of the trial of Joshua Allan Schooner, who denies rape and sexual violation.

Christchurch District Court heard the woman dropped off her children at their aunt's house before going to play poker machines at the Embankment Tavern on June 23, 2011.

When the Ferry Rd pub shut at 4am, she was leaving when a stranger handed her a bottle of bourbon and coke.

In the pub car park she was stopped from driving by two constables.

She told them she'd not been drinking but after they'd checked her licence, they found she was beyond the driving hours allowed on her restricted conditions.

"They assumed I was drunk," she said today.

"I was angry because they didn't breath test me. The police didn't ask how I'd get home - didn't really care."

The court heard the woman smashed a window of her car and was trying to hotwire it so she could get home.

She asked passersby for help and Schooner offered to give her a fork from his nearby home which she could use to hotwire the vehicle, the court heard.

They walked five minutes to his house and chatted with Schooner's uncle before he went to bed.

Schooner then became aggressive, she claimed, dragging her upstairs and tearing off her clothes before raping her.

"I wanted to fight back but I couldn't - I was scared," she said, giving evidence from behind a screen.

"I said 'stop' and he wouldn't stop."

The woman said that during the attack Schooner kept saying he loved her but afterwards told her to "f*** off".

She got dressed, ran downstairs, got a fork, found the doors locked and climbed out a window, the court heard.

She went to her brother's house, and said she'd been raped.

He went straight to Schooner's house, and, after an altercation, the accused ran off in his underpants.

Medical tests found the woman suffered injuries, including bruising, while semen matched Schooner's DNA profile.

Under cross examination by defence counsel Michael Knowles, she denied making it all up because she "felt used".

"You wanted to get back at him because he made you feel cheap," Mr Knowles claimed.

She also denied returning with her brother and his pitbull dog "out of vengeance".

The trial, before Judge Raoul Neave, is set down for three days.

- APNZ

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