Suppression on Lincoln sexual assault charge

An 18-year-old has been granted name suppression on a charge of assault with intent to commit rape at Lincoln University.

The man appeared before Judge Gary MacAskill at the Christchurch District Court today, where his defence counsel Jonathan Eaton QC entered what the judge described as “a pro-forma not guilty plea”.

Mr Eaton told the court the plea was necessary to trigger disclosure procedures for the police to provide further details of the case to the defence, including making a transcript of the complainant’s police interview.

Judge MacAskill granted the suppression at the defence’s request and remanded the man on bail to December 13 for a case review hearing – the next formal step on the way to trial.

The man is now living in rural Canterbury, with family. He must abide by a no-alcohol clause, but his night-time curfew condition was deleted today.

The man was arrested in September after an alleged incident on the campus on September 12.

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