| New Zealand News | Friday May 4 2012 22:24
The doctor who tended to 10-year-old Charlene Makaza when she was rushed to a Christchurch surgery clinic in 2007 says the injuries she sustained could have been because of a sexual assault.
George Gwaze is being charged at the High Court in Christchurch with the sexual violation and murder of his adoptive daughter, while his defence claim the young girl died as a result of her HIV infection.
When questioned by the Crown Prosecution, Dr Graeme Carpenter who was on duty when Charlene arrived at the clinic said he considered a number of options before realising the injuries could be from a sexual assault.
"I suppose it hit me, a bit like a sledgehammer, that there'd been some sort of trauma to the patient's rectum and as such we had to be considering some form of sexual assault."
The High Court trial will call more than 90 witnesses over a period of four weeks.
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