Judge refuses to give accused sex attacker bail

Bail has been denied to a man accused of a prolonged sex attack in South Taranaki last week.

Joseph James Brider, 28, appeared before Judge Allan Roberts in Hawera District Court yesterday after he was arrested on seven charges related to an incident on May 6. The charges include rape, threatens to kill and injures with intent to injure.

Lawyer Kelly Marriner said an address in Hamilton was available for Brider and he would consent to any conditions, including not to come to Taranaki and to abide by a 24-hour curfew.

As a trial date would not be likely until next year, Brider would face a long time on remand, she said.

Judge Roberts said Brider's previous offending and the possibility of interference with witnesses involved in the case were relevant in his decision to decline bail.

Brider was further remanded in custody and will re-appear in court on May 27.

Taranaki Daily News