Alleged teeth-puller's suppression bid fails

Last updated 11:49 05/09/2014
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Right, Philip Lyle Hansen, 55, formerly of Upper Hutt now living on the Kapiti coast, who is charged with tearing out women's teeth, stands with his lawyer outside court.

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A man charged with tearing out women's teeth with pliers can be named.

He is Philip Lyle Hansen, 55, formerly of Upper Hutt but now living on the Kapiti coast.

Hansen has pleaded not guilty to 11 charges including wounding one woman by extracting six of her teeth with pliers.

His application for name suppression failed in Wellington district court today.

Four women, whose identities are suppressed, are named in the charges that Hansen is due to face at a trial next April.

He is alleged to have attempted to remove one women's wisdom teeth with a screwdriver, extracted two of another woman's teeth with pliers and "wiggling" the teeth of another woman.

Hansen's lawyer, Mike Antunovic, had argued that Hansen would be unfairly prejudiced because of the publicity that was likely to be given because of the unique detail of the allegations.

The charges include one each of rape and unlawful sexual connection, three of wounding and various assaults.

Hansen is on bail and attempting to set up a house-painting business on the Kapiti Coast, Judge Bill Hastings was told in court today.

Crown lawyer Sally Carter had opposed suppression being extended until the scheduled trial next year.

The public had a right to know of the allegations if they were considering hiring Hansen to do work for them.

The judge refused to continue suppression of Hansen's name.

He was told that the women did not object to Hansen's name being published.

After the hearing Antunovic told Hansen not to talk to the media.

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