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Lies from witness in Sturm case

Thu 23 Oct 2003 In: New Zealand Daily News

A 21-year-old electrician who alleges that Philip David Sturm drugged and sexually violated him admitted in court yesterday that he lied about the extent of his drug use, for fear it might incriminate him. The man testified that he had sexual relations with Sturm, but under the influence of drugs he had no control over his actions and would not have consented to sex otherwise. Following his encounter with Sturm, which had been the third time the pair had met, he did not want his friends to know what had happened. However, he did tell a female friend two days later that he had had sex with Sturm and was worried that he might be gay. She encouraged him to report the incident to police, and they drove to Takapuna police station that afternoon. "She said, 'Look, you're with your girlfriend and it wasn't you thinking, it was the drugs',” said the witness.    

Credit: News Staff

First published: Thursday, 23rd October 2003 - 12:00pm

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