6 May 2014

Jury retires in Whangarei CYF case

9:09 pm on 6 May 2014

The jury has gone out in the trial of a Child, Youth and Family caregiver charged with physical and sexual abuse.

Taite Kupa, 57, has defended 23 charges involving six children, ranging from assault to the sexual violation of two girls.

The Crown told the jury on Tuesday morning that Mr Kupa admitted kicking the children and pinching their ears, to humiliate and punish them, and that was illegal.

It said the two girls had independently given similar accounts of the sexual abuse.

The defence said kicking naughty children in the backside was part of the culture; the two girls had been influenced by video porn and fantasy and made up their stories of sexual assault.

The jury will begin its deliberations on Wednesday morning.