Guilty plea to indecent assaults

By Anna Ferrick

A man accused of raping his stepdaughter's teenage friend has pleaded guilty to three charges of indecent assault.

The rest of the charges were dismissed yesterday at Napier District Court.

Name suppression lapsed for the 59-year-old man yesterday who can now be revealed as Garry Mabey, a former orchardist.

He had been on trial for the alleged rape of the girl, who was between 16 and 25 at the time she claimed multiple rapes occurred.

Charges of sexual violation by rape were dismissed yesterday when the man pleaded guilty to the indecent assaults.

Mabey has been remanded on bail to reappear in court on October 14.

A date for sentencing will be set then.

The complainant said the offending stopped in 2000 but this was not reported until 2009 as the now 36-year-old victim did not have the "emotional fortitude" to deal with what had happened to her.


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