Prominent NZer faces trial on multiple charges

Prominent NZer faces trial on multiple charges

A jury of six men and six women has been selected in the trial of a prominent New Zealander facing multiple charges of indecent assault.   

The man is facing a total of 12 charges relating to two complainants. Four of the charges relate to a child. 

It's alleged he touched them on the buttocks, thighs and breasts and pressed his groin against them. The complainants described their emotions at the time as "weird", "uncomfortable", "scared" and "nervous".

The man looked straight ahead in court as he entered firm not guilty pleas to all the charges. 

Justice Geoffrey Venning told the jury the two complainants will give evidence via a video link, but that has been delayed for a day due to problems with the company organising it.  

Heavy suppression orders prevent the media naming the man or revealing other details about the case. 

The trial is set down for two weeks, and the prosecution is expected to call up to a dozen witnesses.