Man deemed 'unfit' to stand trial

20:47, Feb 19 2014

A 74-year-old man walked away from the Blenheim District Court on seven historic sex-related charges after being deemed unfit to stand trial on Tuesday.

The man, who has been granted name suppression, faced three charges of indecent assault on a girl aged between 12 and 16, one of inducing a girl between the ages of 12 and 16 to do an indent act, and three of indecent assault, relating to incidents which took place between 1979 and 1982.

Judge Peter Hobbs made an order for proceedings of the case to be "permanently stayed", after the court was provided with a psychiatrist's report.

The report confirmed the accused suffered from dementia or alzheimer's of mild/moderate severity.

It deemed he was unfit to stand trial, however he did not meet the criteria to be detained under the mental health act, and an order was made for his immediate release.


The Marlborough Express