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Cricketer Kuggeleijn not guilty of rape

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 23/02/2017

Scott Kuggeleijn is a free man after a jury took less than an hour to acquit him of raping a 22-year-old Waikato University student in May 2015.

Kuggeleijn, 25, was tried on the same charge last year where a jury of eight men and four women were unable to reach a verdict following 24 hours of deliberation.

The Northern Knights cricket player when asked how he was feeling as he left the court responded only with "good".

The prosecution had alleged Kuggeleijn had forced himself on the woman who brought him home to her Hamilton East flat where they had engaged in acts of sexual intimacy.

She claimed she never gave him consent at any stage and that he had forced himself on her despite repeatedly telling him no.

Defence counsel Morgan Morgan QC said the complainant relented because after two initial refusals to have sex and partaking in foreplay, she could not turn him down.

"She couldn't turn this man down yet again because she would then be thought of as a tease," he said.

"My client respected the complainant's wishes at night when he could've had her so easily when she was drunk,"

"That's not the behaviour of a rapist, is it?" Morgan said.

In a statement released by the Northern Districts Cricket Association, chief executive Peter Roach said his organisation fully respected the court process and the decision handed down.

"This has been a terribly difficult situation for all concerned," Roach said.

"Northern Districts is an organisation which embraces inclusivity and promotes respect towards women. As such, the charges against Scott were a grave concern."

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