Man to deny abuse counts

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Last updated 11:32 11/12/2012

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A Marlborough man facing 59 charges of sexual abuse of teenagers and drug offences will be defending the charges against him, his lawyer says.

In the Blenheim District Court yesterday, the 64-year-old man, whose name has been suppressed, was denied electronically monitored bail to a Marlborough house.

However, Judge Denys Barry said he would not rule out the man being granted electronically monitored bail at a different address.

Judge Barry said the counts included 46 charges of sexual offending against nine victims between 1985 and 2012.

Prosecutor Graham Single said police "firmly believe" there would be more complainants and, because of the seriousness of the charges, they were worried he might try to leave the area.

However, defence lawyer Rob Harrison said the man intended to stay and fight the charges.

"He doesn't wish to flee from his responsibility.

"He wants to defend these matters," he said.

A trial was not likely to be held until late next year and it was extremely difficult for the man to prepare his case while being held in prison, he said.

Judge Barry agreed it was difficult for the man to prepare his case while in jail, but the address suggested for him to be bailed to was inappropriate because it was where he was accused of committing some of the offences.

Some of the complainants lived in Marlborough and Nelson, but if the man could provide an address away from Marlborough he could apply again, the judge said.

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- The Marlborough Express

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