- Ex-rugby consultant on trial for sexual abuse
- Daughter reported alleged abuse to police in 2020
- Robert Kururangi toured with the All Blacks
A former All Blacks rugby star is going through trial over allegations he sexually abused his daughter when she was a toddler.
Robert Kururangi, 66, faces fees he sexually violated and indecently assaulted his daughter Emma-Jayne Kururangi between the ages of 5 and eight years outdated.
He denies the allegations, which have been first reported to police in 2020.
Crown prosecutor ‘Aminiasi Kefu informed Auckland’s Manukau District Courtroom that Kururangi sexually abused his daughter in her mattress.
Mr Kefu stated Emma-Jayne Kururangi – who revoked the automated suppression of her identify – will inform the court docket she smelled alcohol and hashish on his breath on these events.
Robert Kururangi (pictured enjoying for the All Blacks) faces fees he sexually violated and indecently assaulted his daughter between the ages of 5 and eight
Among the alleged offending started whereas Kururangi and his spouse have been married, whereas different incidents occurred after they break up in 1991.
The court docket heard allegations that after the tip of his marriage Kururangi started to the touch his daughter whereas he was drying her after she showered.
Her mom grew involved when their daughter began to moist the mattress, drew sexually specific photos and had hassle sleeping, the court docket heard.
Mr Kefu informed the court docket Emma-Jayne additionally informed her mom that her father was ‘touching her in dangerous locations’, and that she repeated the claims to a psychologist as a toddler however later retracted them.
Crown prosecutor ‘Aminiasi Kefu informed Manukau District Courtroom (pictured) that Kururangi sexually abused his daughter in her mattress
Kururangi, from Gisborne, met his spouse when the he toured Britain and Eire with the All Blacks in 1978.
After the couple break up, she returned to Northern Eire in 1993.
At age 11 she alleged her father had compelled her to sleep bare in his mattress.
‘This case will come down as to whether you settle for Emma-Jayne’s proof or not, whether or not she has been trustworthy and informed you dependable proof you can settle for,’ the jury was informed.
‘On the finish of this trial, the Crown submits the one verdict is responsible on all the costs as a result of Emma-Jayne has given you dependable proof you can settle for.’
Kururangi’s lawyer, Annabel Maxwell-Scott, urged the jury to maintain an open thoughts and resolve whether or not his daughter had false reminiscences or had been ‘making issues up’.
She additionally stated it was essential to contemplate that the allegations associated to a time when Emma-Jayne Kururangi’s mother and father have been breaking apart.
Alleged sexual abuse victims are normally given identify suppression, however Emma-Jayne Kururangi’s was revoked.
The trial has been set down for 2 weeks.