28 Jul 2008

Complainant's sex claims made up, court told

8:39 pm on 28 July 2008

The lawyer for a Christchurch woman accused of sexual offences against a girl says the complainant has made up the allegations.

Reremoana Shekala Lockhorst, 23, faces six counts of unlawful sexual connection with a 14-year-old in 2006.

On Monday, the complainant, now 16, gave evidence of her sexual relationship with Ms Lockhorst, saying the last encounter left her feeling violated and scared.

But the accused's lawyer, David Stringer, put it to the complainant that she had encouraged his client to think she was older than she was.

Mr Stringer said that when Ms Lockhorst did learn the girl's age, she distanced herself and formed a new relationship.

Under cross-examination, the complainant admitted writing a letter to the accused apologising for lying about her age. But she denied that the sexual encounters were figments of her imagination.