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Brothel Owner Says Witnesses Colluding Against Him

Christchurch, Oct 12 NZPA - A Christchurch man accused of underaged sex and violence crimes while he was allegedly running a suburban brothel says his accusers are colluding against him and making up their stories.

The man, 30, denies 24 charges relating to sex offending and attacks on a 15-year-old girl he befriended and assaults on a 33-year-old man, Duncan Masters.

The prosecution said the man, who has name suppression, was running a suburban brothel downstairs from his home with seven or eight girls when the offending is alleged to have taken place.

In Christchurch District Court today, the sixth day of his trial, the man denied running the brothel though he admitted putting up the finance to get it started and hoped to make money out of it.

He told the court that two women who had given evidence against him were friends of the 15-year-old girl.

"They are willing to support her," he said. He alleged they colluded by saying they "didn't get their story straight".

Another woman who gave evidence had had a crush on him and he had strongly rejected her, he said.

The man also he did not assault Mr Masters but that Mr Masters had attacked him and was injured in the fight that followed. Another witness had worked for him but had been fired for pocketing money, he said.

He also said an off-duty policeman and his wife, who gave evidence of seeing him punch the girl in the face as they sat in a car, were mistaken. He had not punched the girl, but he had taken a cell phone off her.

He said there was no continuing sexual relationship with the 15-year-old girl, although he has admitted having sex with her once, believing her to older.

The trial is continuing with the defence due to call several more witnesses.

The man denies five charges of unlawful sexual connection with a young person, four of assault with a weapon, wounding with intent to injure, threatening to kill or do grievous bodily harm, five of assaulting a woman, injuring with intent to cause grievous bodily harm, wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm, two of sexual violation, three of assault with intent to injure, and attempting to obstruct the course of justice.

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