Cop Kevin Burke was 'helping alleged sex assault victim out of abusive relationship'

2019-02-14 08:23:10

A senior Northland police officer was helping a woman out of an abusive relationship before he sexually assaulted her, a court has heard.

Detective Inspector Kevin Burke denies two counts of indecent assault and two counts of sexual violation against two complainants in 2002 and 2003.

The second complainant was called by the Crown to give evidence at his trial at Auckland's High Court on Thursday afternoon.

The woman, who has statutory name suppression, told the jury that in 2002, when aged in her 20s, she was in an abusive relationship with a man in Auckland.

Her boyfriend stabbed and beat her on a number of occasions, she said.

She said she first met Kevin Burke in July 2002, when police came to her address after she'd been stabbed by her partner.

"I was lying in the bed and Kevin Burke came straight into the bedroom asking me where the drugs were. And I said 'I don't have any drugs, I've been stabbed'."

Burke told a female officer to strip search her, she said.

"I pulled my pants down, she seen that I'd been stabbed."

The woman's partner was arrested and taken away by police.

In the weeks that followed, as she recovered from her injuries and her boyfriend was in prison, Burke visited her several times, she told the jury.

"It was like it was his lunch break or something. He was my hero. He was really kind."

Burke began texting her, asked if he could take her out for dinner and if she would wear a black or red dress, she said.

"I did find it really weird. He was asking how I was, what I was up to and then he started calling me Spice."

The trial continues.

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