Investigators called on to give evidence



INVESTIGATING officers were called to present evidence in a rape trial in Gladstone District Court yesterday. Hoane Joseph Kahu, 21, stands accused of three counts of rape against a 15-year-old girl.

The incident was alleged to have happened behind the old post office building in Goondoon Street on March 6.

Senior Crown Prosecutor Justin Whalley questioned Gladstone Police Detective Senior Sergeant Ian Hutchieson about phone calls and text messages the teenage girl made and received on March 6, when the incident was alleged to have occurred.

Det Snr Sgt Hutchieson told the court phone records showed the girl, now 16, received four phone calls between 2.42am and 2.47am from her friends, Adam Ford and Larry Mitchell.

He said the girl did not receive any other text messages or phone calls until 12.10pm that day.

Mr Whalley then questioned Gladstone police plain clothes Constable Stephanie Maree Witt about her involvement in the investigation.

Const Witt told the court she attended Gladstone District Hospital at 5.50am on March 6 and spoke with the girl about what had happened.

She said the girl told her she was pulled by her head behind a government building and forced to have sex with a man.

Const Witt said the girl later went to the police station to complete a comfit of the man whom she alleged raped her.

She said the girl was later presented with a photoboard of 12 men who matched the description of the alleged rapist, from which she selected the accused, Hoane Kahu, as the alleged offender.

The court then heard that the matter of identification was not under question because Kahu admitted to having sexual relations with the girl, however he said it was consensual.



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