Judge Dame Judith Potter is down with Covid-19 three days into a two-week trial of a Rarotonga man charged with rape and multiple other sexual offences. New Zealand Law Society/21060427
A rape trial is back on in the High Court after a three-day hiatus because the Judge had Covid-19.
Judge Dame Judith Potter tested positive last Thursday. She was three days into the trial which is expected to take two weeks.
Judge Potter returned on Tuesday and
the trial resumed. The trial has now been pushed back and is scheduled to
finish on Wednesday next week.
It will continue with the same
12-person jury and witnesses who have given evidence will not have to do it
Moe Pirangi is charged with 14
offences, five of these are charges of sexual intercourse with a girl under the
age of 12, six are indecent assault on a girl under the age of 12 and three are
entering with intent to cause a crime.
In the Crown’s opening statement last
week, the court heard the alleged victims were four girls aged between seven to
12-years-old at the time.
The incidents allegedly took place
from around 2019 to 2021.