Kurt Bayer is a Herald reporter based in Christchurch

More charges for alleged 'Port Hills groper'

Christchurch's Port Hills. Photo / Thinkstock
Christchurch's Port Hills. Photo / Thinkstock

A Christchurch man accused of being "The Port Hills Groper'' has had more charges of indecently assaulting female joggers laid against him - and police say more could follow.

The 63-year-old, who has name suppression, appeared at Christchurch District Court today on 15 charges of allegedly grabbing, groping, and licking women on the popular running trails.

Most of the charges allege the offending happened last year, but one charge dates back to 2010.

Public Defender lawyer Moana Cole asked for the case to be continued until February 25 as she had just been assigned and needed more time.

She also revealed that the officer in charge of the investigation has indicated more charges are likely.

Ms Cole said name suppression should continue because it was an issue that needed to be "fully explored''.

Judge Jackie Moran remanded the man until February 25 on continued bail.

But she warned the charges were "serious'' and the issue of name suppression would have to be argued on the next date.

The man was charged after a number of women complained to police that they had been approached by a man and were groped while running on the Port Hills.


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