Picton man pleads not guilty to rape charge
A Picton man has denied a charge of raping a teenager.
Police claim the man, who cannot be named, sexually violated a girl aged between 12 and 16 in Blenheim on July 2.
The man was sporting a black eye when he appeared by audio visual link at the Blenheim District Court last week, but the swelling had gone down when he reappeared on Monday.
He also denied a charge of cultivating cannabis.
His lawyer Rennie Gould said she planned to enter a bail application in the hope he would be released to a Wellington address.
The man was remanded in custody for a case review hearing on September 18.
- The Marlborough Express