By Belinda Feek
WELLINGON: A young woman has given evidence claiming she was raped by a gang of four men in the course of an evening.
The men – Amir Chand, 25, Harvinder Singh, 22, Kamaljeet Singh, 27, and Sumit Vermani, 26 – are defending the charges in the High Court at Hamilton.
The rapes are alleged to have taken place at a Lake Rd property during the Hamilton 400 weekend of April 2011.
Three of the men are from Hamilton. Kamaljeet Singh is from Katikati.
Crown prosecutor Philip Crayton said the victim – then aged 19 – was drinking with a friend by the Waikato Stadium as a ZZ Top concert went on nearby.
While visiting the Mill St Pak N Save, the pair met a girl aged about 16 and from the United States.
They asked her to accompany them into the city, and started walking across the Pak N Save car park.
By this stage, the two friends had drunk about three quarters of a bottle of Jack Daniel’s whiskey, the court was told.
As they were walking, a car being driven by Chand, with Vermani in the passenger seat, pulled up beside them.
The 16-year-old knew the men and the girls were asked into the car.
Giving evidence by video link from another room in the courthouse, the then-19-year-old told the court she initially said no to getting in the car, but eventually relented.
She said she became concerned when the car did not go into town, but instead headed toward Lake Rotoroa.
The two girls were carried into the Lake Rd house by two men.
The woman told the court of being lead into a bedroom by Chand and allegedly raped. She alleges she was subsequently raped by all four men, before suffering an asthma attack.
In her evidence the woman told the court she had initially tried to push against the chest of one of her alleged attackers, but eventually simply lay on the mattress saying nothing, “hoping that it would be over sooner”.
He left, but as she was getting dressed another man came in and again forced himself on her. The identity of the man was not made clear in court.
The woman told the court she had at one point tried to leave the property but someone shut the door after she had half opened it.
She was also reluctant to leave without her friend.
When asked by Mr Crayton of the ethnicity of her alleged offenders, the woman replied “Indian”.
Chand’s lawyer James Buckle said his client admitted being at the flat and going into the bedroom where the woman had been, and kissing her, but denied any other contact.
Mr Crayton said witnesses would say Kamaljeet Singh said Chand was first to have sex with the woman.