Fresh charges for 'Port Hills groper'

Last updated 12:52 23/05/2013

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Fresh charges of indecent assaults on two more women have now been laid against a man who is alleged to be "the Port Hills groper".

The man, a 63-year-old Muslim refugee - media are not allowed to publish his country of origin - already faced 15 indecent assault charges alleging he grabbed, groped or licked women who were exercising alone on the Port Hills, or in a street in St Martins in one case.

He appeared at a status hearing in the Christchurch District Court today, ahead of a defended hearing before a judge.

No date has yet been set for the defended hearing and it has now been further delayed after the two fresh charges were laid against him on Friday.

They involve new complainants but the alleged offences date back to the time of the charges he already faces. The police have not alleged any new offending since the man's release on bail.

No pleas were entered on the two new charges at the hearing before Judge Jane Farish today.

She remanded the man on continued bail on all 17 charges to another status hearing on June 10 and continued the suppression order on his name.

Defence counsel Moana Cole said identification would be the issue at the defended hearing.




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