Man admits 'going too far'

A 67-year-old Blenheim caretaker pleaded guilty to a charge of indecent assault in the Blenheim District Court yesterday.

Police prosecutor Sergeant Mark Harris said the victim of the assault by Noel Robert Eden was going door to door in her neighbourhood trying to give away a kitten.

She went to Eden's address and he said he did not want the kitten before she went to a property across the road.

When the occupant of that house said they were not interested in taking the kitten, she left the property, at which stage Eden waved her over.

He said he may know someone who would like the kitten, and invited her inside.

Once inside, Eden left the victim alone for a few minutes while he went to get a pen and paper.

When he returned, he stood in front of her and put his hands on her hips and pushed her into a door way. He moved his hands, touching her breasts before asking her if she wanted to have sex with him. She declined and left the address.

When spoken to by police, Eden admitted the incident but denied making physical contact with the victim. He acknowledged he had gone too far.

Judge Susan Thomas convicted Eden and subjected him to the "three strikes" law before remanding him until February 3 for sentencing.

The Marlborough Express