12 Nov 2014

Ambulance sex assault case wraps up

6:09 pm on 12 November 2014

The Crown and defence have made their closing addresses in the trial of a Hawke's Bay ambulance officer accused of sexually assaulting four women and girls in the vehicle.

Christopher King is accused of eight sex charges committed between 2010 and 2013, including allegations that he sexually violated and made intimate visual recordings of a 15-year-old girl while transporting her in the St John ambulance to hospital.

Mr King denies all charges.

Crown prosecutor Steve Manning told the jury in the Napier District Court today there was overwhelming evidence that points to a conclusion of guilt without reasonable doubt.

He said it was no coincidence that four women of different ages and backgrounds, who didn't know each other, laid complaints independently of each other.

Mr Manning said the notion that Mr King's phone twice took videos after being accidentally knocked at the exact time a girl complained Mr King was filming between her legs is absurd.

He said the ambulance officer uniform became a protective cloak for Mr King, enabling him to blur the lines between legitimate touching and sexual touching.

But defence lawyer Bill Calver said there was reasonable doubt about the charges. He said the jury should dismiss the stupefication charge because Mr King had lawful justification to administer Entonox, or laughing gas.

Mr Calver said it was a perfect storm of unreliable complaints.

The trial has adjourned for the day. Judge Geoff Rea woudl sum up tomorrow morning before the jury of six men and six women retire to consider a verdict.