Historic sex attack charges denied

Court House-Sept-2013-07A Christchurch man is denying sex attack charges dating back more than 20 years and the case is heading for a jury trial.

The 48-year-old man appeared by video-link before Judge Noel Walsh in the Christchurch District Court today to apply for release on bail. Police were opposing his release.

Defence counsel Tony Greig said the man – a father, employed locally as a foreman – was entering not guilty pleas and electing trial. Judge Walsh remanded the man to a case review hearing on April 20, on all six charges.

The man denies a series of offences dated May 9, 1994: burglary of a house while armed with a knife, assaulting a woman while armed with a knife, kidnapping her with intent to have sex, two charges of sexual violation, and rape.

Judge Walsh decided to grant bail for the remand on special conditions about where the man can live, restrictions about where he can go in Christchurch, and the surrender of his passport.

He also continued the interim name suppression order that was made at the man’s first appearance on February 13.


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