Suppression stays for teen rape accused

Two teenagers facing rape charges and who were given strict bail restictions last year, will next appear in court at a hearing in March.

The 18-year-olds have pleaded not guilty to raping a 17-year-old female, charges of unlawful sexual connection and indecent assault of the same teenager at an Oakura house on October 11.

Police allege the two, who both have interim name suppression, sexually assaulted the teenager at a party and a video of the assaults was posted online.

A third 18-year-old male, also given interim name suppression, has pleaded guilty to making an intimate recording. He is expected to be sentenced in the New Plymouth District Court on January 21.

The rape case, which is being dealt with by Crown prosecutors, may yet be transferred from the District to the High Court.

The two teenagers were scheduled to appear in the New Plymouth District Court yesterday but were administratively adjourned.

They are also expected to have a hearing to determine whether name suppression will continue.

Taranaki Daily News