Allegations of Sexual Abuse

False Allegations

Michael Neville case

Newstalk ZB
1 December 1 2004   15:10

Lawyers sum up in abuse case

The crown and defence teams have summed up their cases in the sex abuse trial of a Horowhenua school teacher.

Michael Neville is facing four counts of indecent assault in the Palmerston North District Court.

The charges involve four former pupils under the age of twelve.

Prosecutor Ben Vanderkolk told the jury that there are coincidences between the evidence presented by the four children and that cannot be ignored.

He told them children have the same capacity to tell the truth as adults do, and he said the defence attempt to discredit the honesty of two of the complainants was cynical and motivated by loyalty and disbelief from fellow teachers, parents and supporters

However, the defence told the court there are serious flaws in the evidence of the complainants.

Bruce Squire QC told the jury the evidence of one of girls was not feasible for a start.

He also reminded the jury one of the girls only made a claim about Neville three days after speaking to another complainant at a school market day.