Alleged paedophile 'held kids' party'


An alleged paedophile held birthday parties for toddlers at his Napier home while on bail charged with a raft of sex crimes against children, including the abduction and rape of a six-year-old girl.
Richard Miller appeared in the Napier District Court yesterday for breaching his bail conditions multiple times. He was on bail for 12 charges including rape, attempted rape, abduction, indecent assault and unlawful sexual connection with children aged between six and 16.
The 45-year-old's bail conditions meant he was not allowed to have any contact with children under 16 - except his teenage daughter.
Police prosecutor John Ashfield told Judge Bridget Mackintosh that Miller had children at his Marine Pde address on several occasions, including during two birthday parties for boys aged under 3.
He was also charged with breaching his electronic bail eight times.
Five witnesses, whose names have been suppressed, gave evidence they had seen Miller with children at the house. A bail assessor, who testified about the electronic bail breaches, said he arrived at the house on April 4 to see Miller in the front yard with a young boy in his arms.
``Mr Miller caught sight of me coming and rushed off in the direction of the house and shut the door behind him,' he said.
Another witness said they knew of several times when a 2-year-old boy had slept over at Miller's house and had gone to the boy's birthday party at the address. Defence lawyer Scott Jefferson said the witnesses wanted Miller sent to prison.
During the hearing, Miller stared at the witnesses as they gave evidence.
One testified she was scared of him and what he would do if she gave evidence against him.
Miller was supported by his wife and daughter, who laughed and mocked one witness as ``cuckoo'.
Miller took the stand and denied most of the breaches.

Judge Bridget Mackintosh found the prosecution witnesses ``credible and reliable'.
Miller's bail was revoked.
The judge found problems with the charges related to the electronic bail breaches, including no paperwork for two of the alleged breaches.
Miller is due to appear again in the Napier High Court on May 6.

- HAWKES BAY TODAY

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