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Cricketer's Hamilton rape trial starts

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 25/07/2016
Scott Kuggeleijn during a match against England Lions in August. © Getty Images Scott Kuggeleijn during a match against England Lions in August.

A woman who alleges that Northern District cricketer Scott Kuggeleijn raped her in Hamilton last year has taken the stand at his trial.

The 21-year-old student claims she had taken 24-year-old Kuggeleijn home with her after a night on the town in May last year but never gave him consent to have sex with her.

During their time in bed together they engaged in kissing and caressing but she told the Hamilton District Court, on the opening day of the trial on Monday, that's as far as she wanted the intimacy to go.

"I was really intoxicated so initially I was OK with what was going on but then I just wanted to go to sleep and he would just keep saying to me: `Why not, why not?'.".

They both fell asleep but when they woke up later that morning she alleges Kuggeleijn became more aggressive with her.

"I told him no, but he continued to get a lot more firm and insistent about it and at one point telling me to shush," she said.

Under cross-examination from defence lawyer Philip Morgan QC, the woman denied she had intended to sleep with Kuggeleijn that night.

When asked if she had expressed interest in the defendant at the party, she said "I was being very flirty but not just towards him".

Mr Morgan then asked whether she had told her friends that she planned to hook up with Kuggeleijn.

She responded by saying: "Not that I recall, I don't remember saying that but I accept it could be a possibility."

She admitted drinking heavily that night - consuming six RTDs, three-quarters of a bottle of wine and three to four shots of vodka and tequila.

Later that night the couple got into a taxi together and when asked if she had kissed the defendant passionately throughout the journey the woman said she had no memory of that.

The two were later caught on CCTV footage kissing at a Hamilton bar, something the woman again failed to remember at the time when giving evidence to the police.

The jury trial is expected to conclude on Thursday.

The Northern Knights allrounder was named player of the year in the 2014-15 domestic season and has represented the New Zealand A side.

He is also the son of former Black Cap and Northern Districts cricketer Chris Kuggeleijn.

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