Fight to keep name suppressed in couch-surfing case

May 13, 2016 | By More

Court House-Sept-2013-05A man charged with stupefying a male couch-surfer with sexual intent is fighting to continue his name suppression after the order was lifted on Monday.

The man was given until today to file papers for an appeal to the High Court to keep the interim suppression order in place, and the court has confirmed it has been done.

Defence counsel Andrew McCormick represented the 37-year-old Christchurch beneficiary at a hearing a week ago when the name suppression issue was argued before Judge Jane Farish.

She gave her decision on Monday, but extended the order to give Mr McCormick a chance to file the papers and the suppression will now remain in place until the hearing in the High Court.

No date for that hearing has yet been set.

The man faces a charge described as “aggravated stupefying” relating to an alleged incident in May 2014.

He has pleaded not guilty and his trial is set for October 17.

 

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