Arrest warrant issued on incest charge

December 2, 2014 | By More

Court House-07The story of Christchurch siblings who have faced incest charges this year has taken a new twist with the brother failing to turn up for his sentencing and now facing arrest.

His sister has the care of their daughter and has been making a good job of looking after the healthy child.

The woman was given a three-month community detention term a few months ago, but the brother’s sentencing was delayed and he has proved to be a problem.

The two first met as young adults and developed what a judge at an earlier hearing called “an inappropriate relationship” which resulted in them having a child.

The brother, aged in his 20s, was due for sentencing in the Christchurch District Court today before Judge David Saunders after admitting charges of incest, wilful damage, and a breach of a community work sentence.

He was remanded on bail for his sentencing, with an order that he not go within 100m of the flat where his sister is living without prior approval of the Community Probation Service. He had been caring for the child two days a week.

More than an hour after today’s session began, defence counsel Vicki Walsh said he had not turned up at court and she had been unable to reach him after repeated attempts by phone.

She said the man had also not got on with his earlier community work sequence.

Pre-sentence inquiries indicated issues of grief, disconnection, and depression, and now there appeared to substance abuse involved as well, she said.

“With the combination of all this, we are losing him,” she said.

She may seek a psychological report on him when he is found.

At the request of Crown prosecutor Nicola Pointer, Judge Saunders issued an arrest warrant.

Names are automatically suppressed in incest cases.



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