Man faces 48 sex and drugs charges
A man in his 60s will face a total of 48 sex-related and drugs charges when he goes on trial this year.
The man was arrested in August 2012 and will face the charges in a trial in the High Court at Nelson starting on June 9. The trial is expected to take up to four weeks.
The charges span 29 years. The earlier allegations date from claims of offending in 1984, and the most recent charges relate to incidents in 2012, shortly before he was arrested.
The majority of charges relate to alleged incidents in and around Blenheim, six near Kaikoura and one in the lower North Island.
He was granted interim name suppression when he first appeared in court in August 31, 2012 and that has been continued at least until the end of his trial. All details of the women named in the charges are permanently suppressed.
His defence counsel is Rob Harrison, of Blenheim.
The charges have been dealt with in the Blenheim and Nelson courts several times since his arrest. He was initially arrested on 59 charges, and this was increased to 130 in January last year. However, the crown prosecutor had reduced this to 48 charges to go to trial.
The man faces three charges of rape, nine of unlawful sexual violation, two of sexual grooming, one of unlawful sexual connection, one of attempted sexual violation, eight of indecent assault on a person under 16, five of indecent assault on a girl aged between 12 and 16, one of indecent assault and eight of making objectionable publications.
He will also face 10 drug charges - three of supplying class A drug LSD, six of supplying class C drug cannabis, and one of supplying class C drug BZP. The sex-related charges involved 10 women, five of whom are understood to claim they were also given drugs by the defendant.