‘She said she was 16’ – Whatì man charged with rape of girl


Warning: This report contains details of a sexual assault case, as heard in court, that readers may find disturbing.

Taking the stand in his own defence, a Whatì man repeatedly told a jury he believed he was having sex with a 16-year-old girl – not the 13-year-old he is accused of raping.


Still, Cory Ross Nitsiza, who was 27 when he took the girl up to his bedroom in August 2016, said on Wednesday he stopped having intercourse because he felt “creepy” over her young age.

“I was 27 … I felt like a creep,” Nitsiza said on the second full day of his jury trial in NWT Supreme Court. “She is around my brother’s age.”

Court heard his brother was 16 or 17 at the time.

“I was thinking, like, I was 11 years older than

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