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Judges arrive for Pitcairn Ist sexual abuse trial

Judges and court staff have arrived on Pitcairn Island in the South Pacific ahead of a sexual abuse trial set to begin next week.

The Pitcairn community was founded in 1790 by Fletcher Christian, leader of the mutiny on the Bounty.  Seven men on the British territory will face a total of 96 charges.  The charges range from indecent assault to the rape of a five-year-old girl.

The cases will be heard by New Zealand judges and lawyers who have only just arrived after a two-day boat trip from Tahiti.   The seven men have been remanded on bail.

Many of the women who have made allegations of sexual abuse no longer live on the island and will give evidence from Auckland via a video link.

The trial is due to start on Thursday.

Source: ABC News


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