Sex accused identities suppressed

Last updated 14:53 03/03/2014

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A High Court judge has reserved his decision on continued name suppression for two New Plymouth men accused of  sexual assault at an Oakura party in October last year.

The two 18-year-olds will go to trial after pleading not guilty last year.

In a hearing today in the High Court at New Plymouth Justice Collins reserved his decision after hearing applications from defence counsel, Susan Hughes QC and Kylie Pascoe and Crown solicitor Cherie Clarke for the prosecution.

Defence are calling for the continued suppression of the names of the two accused until the end of trial.

After hearing the applications, Justice Collins ruled that his decision would be adjourned to allow further evidence to be filed.

The evidence would involve the health of one of the applicants and his personal circumstances.

In the meantime the interim suppression will continue.

The judge's ruling is likely to be made public at a further callover hearing in the High Court in April.

One of the men is charged with three counts of sexual violation, one of indecent assault and intentionally making an intimate visual recording of another person.

The second is charged with two counts of sexual violation and one of indecent assault.

The charges allegedly involve a 17-year-old female victim and followed a private party in Oakura on October 11 last year.

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