Name suppression lifted in rape case
A man accused of abducting and raping a 14-year-old Masterton girl has lost a bid to keep his name suppressed.
James Freuan, 23, appeared in Masterton District Court yesterday charged with rape, sexual violation, assault, abduction and robbery.
The charges relate to an incident near the Colombo Rd bridge on September 29. Samoa-born Freuan, who was assisted by an interpreter, was also charged with a further count of sexual assault, this time relating to an alleged incident in Wellington.
He had been given interim name suppression while his family were told about the charges.
Yesterday, Judge Ian Mill turned down a request to continue that suppression. He also ruled Freuan must give a DNA sample to police. A tearful Freuan did not enter pleas and was remanded in custody until March.