Sex worker attack accused struggling to get bail

A man charged with assaulting a Christchurch sex worker with intent to commit sexual violation has been struggling to find a suitable address for his release on bail.Court House-Sept-2013-07

The 20-year-old remains in custody, three days after his arrest for the alleged attack last Friday.

He was arrested after police released a surveillance video photograph at the weekend.

Police did not oppose his release on bail and when he first appeared in court on Tuesday he suggested a Bromley address and police began making checks to see if it was suitable.

The case was delayed because the address was not available, and the man, a kitchen hand, has stayed in custody while a search for another address has gone on.

He appeared before Judge David Ongley in the Christchurch District Court again yesterday, by video-link from the prison, and was remanded to Tuesday at the request of defence counsel Paul Johnson so that inquiries about a suitable address could continue.

The man was granted interim name suppression at his first appearance.

The sex worker, a woman in her 20s, received minor injuries.

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