Man charged with sexual assault

A 25-year-old man has been charged with the sexual assault of a woman in Blenheim on Saturday.

The woman was sexually assaulted by an intruder in her home on Kinross St, Blenheim, about 4.30am on Saturday.

The vineyard worker was arrested yesterday by the Marlborough CIB in relation to the incident. 

The man appeared in the Blenheim District Court today dressed in blue police overalls, charged with sexually violating a woman and entering a building on Kinross St Blenheim with intent to commit a crime on February 2.

He was remanded in custody for two weeks.

Judge Deny Barry granted the man interim name suppression after the police applied for some of the details to be suppressed.

He has been charged with sexual violation and burglary and is to appear in the Blenheim District Court today.

Detective Sergeant Dave Woodley, of Blenheim CIB, said the arrest was the result of a lot of hard work by the Blenheim police.

This sort of incident undermined people's sense of security in their home and police worked hard to get a result to enable the community to rest easy again, Mr Woodley said.

"I'd like to thank the public for their support during this operation," he said.

"We've knocked on a lot of doors and asked a lot of questions and the response has been very supportive."


The Marlborough Express