One of the two people charged in relation to a dog attack on a Tauranga preschooler in Merivale last month has had her identity suppressed on hardship grounds.
Chef Anthony Hedgman, 32, and a woman, who has been granted interim name suppression, faced a joint charge of being the owner of a Bull Mastiff which attacked a child and caused serious injuries, when they appeared in Tauranga Registrar's Court today.
The attack is alleged to have occurred while Charlie Pokai, 4, was visiting a friend's home on July 12 this year.
The youngster was treated for a puncture mark to the side of his head, a partially severed lip, and a puncture wound below his nose.
The two defendants who are yet to plead to the charge have been remanded at large.
They are due back in court on August 29.