Assault with intent to commit violation alleged

Police logo-04A psychiatric report has been ordered for a man accused of assaulting a woman at Christchurch Hospital with intent to sexually violate her.

The 39-year-old man has also been charged with intentionally and obscenely exposing his genitals at the hospital on the same day – last Saturday.

Christchurch District Court Judge Raoul Neave granted the man interim name suppression when he appeared in court after his arrest last night after information from the public in response to an appeal on the police Facebook page.

Defence counsel Grant Tyrrell asked for the suppression order because of the “mental health background” for the alleged offending.

He said no bail application was going to be made today.

The man, from an inner-city suburb, has entered no pleas to charges of exposing himself and assaulting the woman with intent to commit sexual violation.

Police were prepared to oppose his release on bail.

Judge Neave remanded him in custody to February 2. He said he was not being detained under the Criminal Procedures (Mental Impaired Persons) Act, but while he was in custody he would order a psychiatric report.

Police are asking to hear from any other women who may have been approached by a man in a similar manner in Christchurch Hospital or Hagley Park last Saturday.




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