Dairy worker on sex charge

Interim name suppression lapsed last week for a Whataroa man charged with a sexual assault in Queenstown.

Irish national Stephen Peter Martin, 23, a dairy worker, was charged with sexual violation in the resort town on September 28.

He was granted interim name suppression for 48 hours when he appeared in Queenstown District Court before Judge Kevin Phillips earlier in the week.

He did not enter a plea.

On Tuesday, lawyer Phena Byrne said publication of her client's name could cause undue hardship as Whataroa was a small place and there could be adverse reaction.

His employer was aware of the charges and matters were still at the disclosure stage, she said.

Judge Phillips said a jury pool would not be drawn from Westland and the charge was a serious one.

Martin was remanded on bail for a post-committal conference on December 19.

The Southland Times