12 Mar 2009

Defence case begins at former taxi driver rape trial

7:31 pm on 12 March 2009

The defence case began on Thursday at the re-trial of a former Wellington taxi driver accused of raping a passenger.

Abdirazak Mussa, 56, is facing two charges of rape and one of abduction in the Wellington District Court.

The Crown says that in September 2006 Mr Mussa took a passenger to his home, deadlocked the door to prevent her escape and then raped her twice.

However, the defence lawyer, Dr Donald Stevens said on Thursday that the sex was consensual and the complainant had been happy to go to Mr Mussa's home and have a drink with him.

The case is expected to end on Friday.