18 Jun 2013

Rape accused into witchcraft, court told

3:42 pm on 18 June 2013

A teenager who says she was raped and kidnapped has told a jury the man who did it was into witchcraft and she was worried about being alone with him.

Michael Shane Lihou is on trial in the Wellington High Court for raping and abducting the woman, who is now 18, in Wairarapa last year.

The woman told the court on Tuesday that the accused, who she worked for, was worried about her self-harming because he wanted her blood to be pure for witchcraft.

However under cross-examination by the defence, the woman admitted that she didn't mention witchcraft to police.

Defence lawyer Noel Sainsbury put it to her that the witchcraft claim was nonsense and she didn't mind spending time with Mr Lihou smoking cannabis and working on his book.

Earlier, she had told the court she had seen documents while numbering pages for Mr Lihou's memoir showing his previous convictions for rape and kidnapping. However, she said she did not read anything.