More indecency charges against professional man

Court House-07Five more indecent assault charges have been laid against a Christchurch professional man bringing the total of alleged victims to 10.

The additional charges were laid at the Christchurch District Court today as the man appeared before a case review hearing after pleading not guilty to the earlier charges.

The new charges date from 2011 to 2015 and refer to male victims. All the offending is alleged to have occurred in Christchurch.

The 61-year-old man has had interim suppression of his name and occupation since his first appearance in court in June. The court was told today that he was no longer practising.

The man has now pleaded not guilty to all charges, and was remanded on continued bail today by Judge Paul Kellar to a further case review hearing on November 14.

Defence counsel Paul Wicks QC applied for continued interim name suppression for the man to continue, but the application was opposed in court by Fairfax Media. The submissions and grounds were suppressed.

Judge Kellar ruled against continued suppression, but the order will remain in place pending an appeal to the High Court which was immediately signalled by Mr Wicks.

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