Suppression in party sex assault case

Two men accused of sexually violating a 17-year-old female at an Oakura party, an incident filmed and shared online, have been given continued name suppression by a High Court judge.

One of the two 18-year-old New Plymouth men would be given name suppression until the beginning of the trial, Justice Collins has ruled this week.

The decision on whether the second man will be given continued suppression will be made public at a High Court callover on April 7.

A date for the High Court trial is yet to be determined.

The decision follows a name suppression hearing earlier this month where applications were submitted by defence counsel and the Crown.

Defence counsel Susan Hughes, QC, and Kylie Pascoe were calling for the continued suppression of the names of the two accused until the end of the trial, while Crown solicitor Cherie Clarke argued the names of the men should be made public.

At the hearing, Justice Collins ruled that his decision would be adjourned to allow further medical evidence on behalf of one of the men to be filed.

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 party on October 11.

Taranaki Daily News