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Sex trial ac­cused has PTSD: Ex­pert

Psy­chi­a­trist gives ev­i­dence in trial of Laken Ma­ree Rose

- San­dra Conchie Crime · Society · Bullying · Discrimination · Sexual Abuse · Incidents · Human Rights · Violence and Abuse · Bay of Plenty RU · Palmerston North · Dannevirke

ACam­bridge horse rider on trial for sex­u­ally abus­ing young girls with her part­ner has a de­pen­dent per­son­al­ity dis­or­der and PTSD which made her more vul­ner­a­ble to co­er­cion.

That was the opin­ion of psy­chi­a­trist Dr Peter Dean who gave ex­pert med­i­cal ev­i­dence for the de­fence in the judge-alone trial of Laken Ma­ree Rose in the High Court at Hamil­ton yes­ter­day.

Rose has pleaded not guilty to 50 charges of sex­ual vi­o­la­tion, in­de­cently as­sault­ing chil­dren un­der 12, mak­ing and pos­sess­ing ob­jec­tion­able pub­li­ca­tions and in­duc­ing young per­sons to com­mit in­de­cent acts.

The charges against Rose re­late to four girls aged be­tween 3 and 14 at var­i­ous lo­ca­tions, in­clud­ing the Bay of Plenty, Waikato and Palmer­ston North. The of­fences are al­leged to have taken place over a five-year pe­riod.

She has al­ready pleaded guilty to 10 charges of in­duc­ing an in­de­cent act on a young per­son, while four other charges were with­drawn.

Rose’s de­fence to most of the charges she faces is that she was com­pelled to take part in the al­leged sex­ual crimes un­der duress by her for­mer part­ner An­drew Alan Wil­liams.

She pre­vi­ously said her re­la­tion­ship with Wil­liams was “in­tense” and he al­legedly stran­gled her to the point of un­con­scious­ness.

Wil­liams, 54, pleaded guilty to 56 charges at the start of their joint trial last week.

Dean, the clin­i­cal di­rec­tor of adult and foren­sic men­tal health ser­vices at Waikato Hos­pi­tal, said he had in­ter­viewed Rose twice, in Fe­bru­ary and Oc­to­ber this year. He said he also had re­ports from two other psy­chi­a­trists and GP records.

Rose told one psy­chi­a­trist she had tried to leave Wil­liams more than once and dis­tance her­self from him but he was “over-con­trol­ling” and made threats to harm him­self if she did.

That psy­chi­a­trist con­cluded Rose’s per­son­al­ity fea­tured el­e­ments of code­pen­dency and she was also suf­fer­ing from post-trau­matic stress dis­or­der.

Dean said Rose suf­fered from a high level of sen­si­tiv­ity and a so­cial pho­bia of­ten as­so­ci­ated with feel­ing in­tense fear and over­whelmed in cer­tain so­cial set­tings. At one point she took anti-de­pres­sant tablets, her records showed.

Dean said Rose had told him she was raped when she was 17 or 18 and also wit­nessed some­one close to her killed af­ter be­ing struck by a train. She de­scribed have re­cur­rent in­tru­sive mem­o­ries and night­mares and re­ported a par­tic­u­lar mem­ory of be­ing stran­gled, he said.

Dean said he felt her PTSD and de­pen­dent per­son­al­ity dis­or­der would have con­trib­uted to her feel­ing fear­ful of Wil­liams and de­pen­dent on him for sup­port.

When asked by Jus­tice Mathew Muir whether some­one suf­fer­ing fromthese con­di­tions would be “very in­se­cure and go above and be­yond to please their part­ner”, Dean said, in his opin­ion, that was cor­rect.

He said it was clear Rose tended to idolise the good parts of her and Wil­liams’ re­la­tion­ship but also felt guilty and blamed her­self for any abuse she suf­fered.

Dean said Rose felt she was noth­ing with­out the re­la­tion­ship.

He said her in­tense fear of aban­don­ment and of him, con­flicted with the fact her part­ner wanted to have sex with young chil­dren. But it made her “more vul­ner­a­ble” to co­er­cion.

How­ever, Dean, un­der ques­tion­ing by Crown prose­cu­tor Anna Pol­lett, agreed that apart from Rose’s sel­f­re­ports there was no in­de­pen­dent ev­i­dence of her be­ing raped, beaten or threat­ened by Wil­liams or any vi­o­lence in the re­la­tion­ship.

“I re­lied on what Ms Rose told me and she did not specif­i­cally tell me about those things and I did not ask . . . But gen­er­ally, she felt fear­ful of him,” he said.

Dur­ing cross-ex­am­i­na­tion, Pol­lett put it to Rose that ev­i­dence against her was “in­escapable” and all she had been do­ing the past two days was ly­ing to the court.

Rose re­peat­edly re­futed that propo­si­tion. She said she was fright­ened of Wil­liams’ tem­per and when he had threat­ened to kill her and harm her fam­ily and her an­i­mals she “to­tally be­lieved him”.

When Pol­lett asked Rose why she never went to Dan­nevirke po­lice Rose said, “I didn’t be­lieve any­one could pro­tect me from him.”

De­fence lawyer Phillip Mor­gan QC asked Rose why she did not re­port the rape to the po­lice and she said it was be­cause she was scared they would not be­lieve her.

The trial con­tin­ues on Mon­day.

 ?? Photo / File ?? Laken Ma­ree Rose is on trial in Hamil­ton High Court.
Photo / File Laken Ma­ree Rose is on trial in Hamil­ton High Court.
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