Suppression appeal filed for alleged absconder

December 15, 2015 | By More

Court House-Sept-2013-05Appeal papers filed at the Christchurch Court House yesterday will keep interim name suppression in place for an 89-year-old facing historic sex charges after he headed for Australia while on bail last week.

The interim suppression would have lapsed at 4.30pm yesterday if the appeal had not been filed.

The suppression was discontinued last week by Christchurch District Court Judge Alistair Garland after the man was flown back to Christchurch.

The man faces allegations of indecencies with a girl aged under 12, and rape of the same girl, with some charges dating back up to 52 years.

He left for Australia last week but was stopped at Brisbane Airport, charged with a breach of his bail, and flown back next day. The man has lived in Australia for several years but was charged with these offences on a visit to New Zealand.

No date has yet been set for the suppression appeal to be heard by the High Court. The interim order continues in place until the appeal hearing.


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