Ex-Timaru man still awaits trial

Last updated 10:26 28/01/2014

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Former Timaru man David William Wakefield is still in prison awaiting trial in the Philippines after being arrested on child rape and human trafficking charges 15 months ago.

Wakefield, 51, who has a history of sexual offending, was arrested as he checked out of his hotel in Davao on October 25, 2012.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT) has confirmed the New Zealand embassy in Manila continues to provide consular assistance to Wakefield.

A MFAT spokesman said the date for Wakefield's next court hearing has not yet been set.

MFAT declined to comment further as Wakefield's family has asked that its privacy be respected and that MFAT does not release further information.

Wakefield is accused of raping two girls, aged 12 and 13, violating human trafficking laws, and child abuse.

He was convicted of sexually abusing a girl, 7, in Darwin between late 1996 and early 1998, and sexually grooming a girl, aged 11, in 2007.

He was freed from prison in Australia in February 2012 and lived in Timaru for a short time before moving on.

Wakefield was working as a contractor for a South African oil company in Mozambique at the time of his arrest and was understood to be using New Zealand and British passports.

He was issued with an emergency New Zealand passport on October 19, 2012, in Singapore, six days before his arrest.

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- Fairfax Media

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