Man in court over kidnapping girl

Last updated 13:30 06/01/2014

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A west Auckland man has appeared in court charged with kidnapping a six-year-old girl from a local park.

The 20-year-old man from Glendene, Auckland, appeared in the Waitakere District Court today charged with kidnapping and assault with intent to commit sexual violation.

Judge Jonathan Moses granted the man interim name suppression as police have not yet completed identification procedures.

Police said three children were playing at Glendene Reserve on Glendene Avenue on New Year's Day when they were approached by a man who spoke to them, before grabbing the girl.

Detective Sergeant Peter Litherland alleged the accused took the girl towards a creek area and attacked her in what was believed to be a "sexually-motivated assault".

The accused allegedly ran off after the girl's mother was drawn by her screams. The girl was traumatised but escaped with minor injuries, police said.

No bail application was made and the man was remanded in custody to a further hearing on February 3.

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