Elderly sex attack accused in court

Last updated 15:05 17/12/2013

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A man accused of sexually assaulting an 87-year-old woman has had interim name suppression continued.

The 29-year-old Hastings man had his name suppression continued in Hastings District Court today.

His lawyer, Matthew Phelps, this morning successfully argued for continued interim name suppression for the man until his next appearance on January 21.

Judge Jonathan Down said it did not seem to be a case where there was an advantage in having the man named in case further complainants came forward.

The man is yet to enter a plea on charges of burglary, wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm and three charges of unlawful sexual connection of the 87-year-old on November 7.

He was caught by police a few days later and has had name suppression since appearing in court then.

The man is alleged to have approached the 87-year-old woman when she went to check her letterbox about midday and then attacked her in her home. She was found that evening by her son.

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