Accused rapist's lawyer says he could not have committed the crime due to his 'big beer gut'

Accused rapist's lawyer says he could not have committed the crime due to his 'big beer gut'
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A Palmerston North court has been told a defendant could not have raped four children due to his "big beer gut".

Richard James Parkinson is on trial for the rape of four children in the Rangitikei town of Marton in the early 2000s, Stuff reports.

He is also charged with assault with an airgun, threatening to kill and supplying alcohol to minors. He has pleaded not guilty to all charges.

One of the victims says she was provided with alcohol, choked and had duct tape placed over her mouth before she was raped as a child.

However the defence says it would have been physically impossible for Parkinson to perform some of the acts due to his "big beer gut", Stuff reports.

In one scenario the witness described Parkinson sitting down with his legs slightly bent in front him, which defence lawyer Peter Brosnahan could not have happened.

"I'm suggesting to you it is an impossible scenario to achieve," he said.

Mr Brosnahan also said several other incidents in the complainant's story were incorrect, including that Parkinson had provided her with alcohol and that he had grabbed her and raped her by a pool.

According to the defence the alcohol was actually soft drinks, and Parkinson had just been playing a "game".

The judge-only trial will continue.

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