Nicholas James Franklin
A man already serving time for raping a young woman has been found not guilty in the High Court at Christchurch of raping another.
A jury took just over two hours yesterday to find Nicholas James Franklin, 30, not guilty of rape at the end of a three-day trial, the Christchurch Court News website reported.
Franklin will continue to serve the seven years and four months jail term he was given in August for another rape, which he had admitted and which was brought up as evidence in the latest trial.
Franklin denied the most recent charge alleging a rape at a house in Rangiora, saying that he had tried to have sex with the 17-year-old but had stopped when she asked him to, complaining that it was hurting.
Justice Lester Chisholm discharged Franklin after the verdict. The trial had been aborted on Monday after an outburst outside the courthouse by the complainant, overheard by some jurors. A new trial began on Tuesday with a new jury, and three members of the original jury were called as witnesses.
Date of Birth
1979 (D.O.B. is approximate)
Sentenced to 7 years 4 months in August 2009
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