Suppression lifts on Alexandra indecency accused

Name suppression has lapsed for a Woodend man charged with indecently assaulting a girl at an Alexandra school holiday programme in January.

He can now be named as Terence Raymond Rawson, 56, who has denied the charge and was today remanded in the Christchurch District Court for a Crown case review hearing.

Rawson elected jury trial, defence counsel James Rapley told the court today.

When Rawson appeared in court on January 19, Judge Stephen O’Driscoll heard an application for interim suppression of his name but refused to grant the order.

Mr Rapley then asked for the order to be put in place so that an appeal against the decision could be filed for a hearing in the High Court.

He said today that the appeal was not going ahead, and the name suppression lapsed.

Rawson remains on bail for the remand to the case review on April 24, but the court has imposed conditions for him not to enter schools and not to associate with any unaccompanied child under 16.

Police alleged in January that the girl was indecently assaulted in Alexandra on January 12, when staff at a holiday programme noticed a man talking to her in a school playground.

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