Timaru abduction accused remanded

Last updated 12:26 05/12/2012

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The 26-year-old Timaru man charged with the assault of a nine-year-old schoolboy has been remanded to appear on December 17.

The boy was found distressed at Holme Station Bridge on November 15. The man arrested in relation to the incident appeared today in the Timaru District Court, where he was further remanded.

At his first appearance on November 21, Judge Joanna Maze ordered a psychiatric assessment  into his fitness to stand trial. The accused entered no plea on an indictable charge of wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm.

At that appearance his counsel J Lovely said the accused's recollection of events was sketchy. His arrest followed the alleged abduction of the boy who was found at Holme Station Bridge, more than 15 kilometres from Timaru by road.

The boy was found at 4.20pm, after leaving Oceanview Heights School at 3pm.

Interim name suppression continues until his next appearance.  Judge Maze also denied an application to photograph the accused because ''these matters are premature and because of matters raised by the police and because of the identification of a person whose name is suppressed by law''.

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