Sex accused remanded in custody

A 41-year-old Kaitaia man was granted renewed name suppression when he appeared before Judge Russell Callander in the Kaitaia District Court yesterday on numerous charges of sex offences against a girl.

The man is facing 10 charges of indecently assaulting a girl under the age of 12 and one each of inducing and attempting to induce a girl under 12 to perform an indecent act upon him. All charges relate to one complainant, between 2000 and 2002.

The accused was visibly trembling as he stood in the dock, counsel Catherine Cull saying he was receiving medical treatment after being arrested on the charges.

The hearing was to have heard bail and continued suppression applications, with Ms Cull requesting a further remand to allow arguments to be prepared. The accused was further remanded in custody without plea to appear again on Thursday, when an application for in-court filming is also expected to be heard.

Also in the Kaitaia court yesterday suppression was lifted when 27-year-old Kaingaroa man George Hayward Murray Cherrington appeared on a number of sexual offences against girls.

Cherrington is facing five counts of raping a girl aged 12-16, three of raping a girl over 16, one of attempted sexual connection with a girl aged 12-16, one (representative) of sexual connection with a girl aged 12-16, eight of sexual grooming, one of assaulting a female, 25 of selling cannabis, 15 of offering to sell cannabis, one (representative) of supplying cannabis to a person under the age of 18 and one of offering to supply the drug to a person under 18.

Cherrington, described on charge sheets as a painter, was remanded in custody without plea to February 22 without seeking bail or continued name suppression.

An application to film in the court was opposed by counsel Ms Cull and one victim, and was declined.

- Northern Advocate

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