'Torture' accused pleads not guilty

By Mark Story

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The identity of a man who is accused of torturing a woman, including claims of rape, intentionally dislocating her limbs and locking her in a small room with his aggressive dog can now be revealed after an interim order suppressing his name expired yesterday.

Timothy James Hebberley, 20, appeared by audio visual link at Napier District Court yesterday and pleaded not guilty to more than 40 charges during a call over for matters dealt with by the Crown.

During his brief appearance wearing a grey t-shirt, he remained silent in front of the screen from Hawke's Bay Regional Prison.

Hebberley initially faced 40 charges relating to two victims, the woman and a relation of hers, during a two year and five month period dating back to April 2013.

On January 16 he appeared before a JP in Hastings District Court. No application for bail was made and he was remanded in custody until his appearance yesterday. An interim name suppression order had been granted but Judge Geof Rea noted that the order had lapsed, lifting suppression when no further application was made.

He had since had an additional, unrelated charge involving a third victim, his brother, added following an alleged stabbing incident in January.

Charge documents stated he locked the woman in a small laundry room with his aggressive dog in an attempt to intimidate her.

It is also alleged he pushed her arm so far up her back that her shoulder dislocated as well as dislocating her hip and knee by applying force.

He is also charged with burning her on more than one occasion with a cigarette lighter, pouring hot wax on her and branding her with a piece of hot wire fashioned into a brand.

He also allegedly assaulted the woman a number of times using Playstation controls, a plate, a glass and a cup, as well as dragging her across carpet by her hair causing her to suffer carpet burns.

Police claim he bit, kicked and pushed her head and body into walls and doors and squeezed her throat so hard she had difficulty breathing, on one occasion she began to lose consciousness.

Court documents listing the charges include one charge of rape, five of other sexual violation, one of indecent assault, three of wounding with intent to injure, 10 of injuring with intent to injure, five of assault with a weapon, three of threatening to kill, one of threatening to cause grievous bodily harm, 10 of assaulting a female and one of alarming with intent to intimidate.

The maximum penalty for some of the charges is 20 years imprisonment.

He was remanded in custody on all matters for another court appearance on May 13.

- Hawkes Bay Today

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