A teenage girl was given methamphetamine and raped when she agreed to meet a man who contacted her on Facebook, a jury has been told.

In the High Court at Wellington on Monday Tristan Lee Tamati, 40, pleaded not guilty to 12 charges.

The charges were three each of sexual violation by unlawful sexual connection and supplying class A drug methamphetamine, two of sexual violation by rape, and one each of kidnapping, assaulting a female, threatening to kill and indecent assault.

Tristan Tamati’s trial is the first criminal trial to be held in the High Court building at Wellington since it was damaged in the November 2016 earthquake. The building was reopened on February 1.

Tamati’s lawyer told the jury of six men and six women that Tamati and the girl were in a relationship and their contact was consensual.

Outlining the case to the jury prosecutor Kate Feltham said Tamati was a tattooist and several years earlier he had tattooed one of the girl’s parents.

Tamati was in contact with one of her friends and then he contacted the girl who turned 16 in December 2015.

In early January 2016 she and her friend went to meet Tamati and another man. The two men used methamphetamine, as did the 14-year-old. The other girl asked what its effect was and then tried it too.

A few days later she met Tamati again, going with a different friend.

He asked her to hang out with him for the night and she took a bus to meet him in Upper Hutt and a woman gave them a ride to Paraparaumu for him to tattoo a client, and they used methamphetamine again.

The girl was sexually assaulted when she and Tamati stayed overnight at the client’s house.

Tamati stopped as the girl’s crying got louder and louder, and he heard voices in the room next door.

The next morning a woman at the house asked if she was OK, and not knowing the woman or anyone else at the house, she said she was, Feltham said.

The woman eventually gave her a ride home.

Feltham said afterwards Tamati kept contacting the girl on Facebook.

She was having trouble at home and told him she needed to get out the house.

She went to meet him and they went to another house were he had arranged to do another tattoo.

Feltham said it was alleged the girl was sexually assaulted again and punched. She tried to contact people to collect her, but he took her phone from her.

She left in the morning and went to see an aunt, who saw her bruises and took to her to the police station.

Police spoke to Tamati who said he had given the girl methamphetamine once and she had instigated sex with him and it was consensual.

He said he only took her phone to stop her communicating with someone he did not like.

Tamati’s lawyer, Geoff Fulton, said there would be times jurors would be “challenged” by the lifestyle and the way some of those involved communicated.

The jury should look at what happened in the context in which Tamati’s relationship with the girl grew.

They shared methamphetamine rather than Tamati supplying her, and their sexual relationship was consensual.

Tamati disputed that at any time he prevented her from leaving other than to discourage her at a time when the trains were not running. Tamati denied there was any violence, actual or threatened, Fulton said.

The trial is expected to last about two weeks.

 

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