7 Aug 2012

Four in High Court charged with child abuse

1:45 pm on 7 August 2012

Lawyers representing four people charged with physically and sexually abusing a group of Porirua children, some when they were babies, have told a jury their clients deny the charges.

The children's parents and two other men, all of whose names are suppressed, are on trial in the High Court in Wellington on a total of 43 charges.

The Crown Prosecutor told the Court the four accused would spend all day drinking and over a four-year period committed numerous sexual and physical assaults on the children.

She said this included tying them up and feeding them snails and spiders.

However lawyers for the parents said that while the jurors might not like some aspects of the parenting, they must put that aside and make decisions based on the evidence.

The case is set down for three weeks.