Man charged with assault keeps name suppression

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Police at the scene of a sexual attack on an elderly lady in Ikanui Road, Hastings. A man charged in connection with the incident has had his name suppression extended.
Police at the scene of a sexual attack on an elderly lady in Ikanui Road, Hastings. A man charged in connection with the incident has had his name suppression extended.

A man charged with the sexual assault of an 87-year-old Hastings woman in her home has kept name suppression.

The man appeared in the Hastings District Court today where he is facing two counts of unlawful sexual connection and breaching release conditions.

He is yet to enter pleas to the charges.

His lawyer, Matt Phelps, applied for name suppression to continue on the grounds of mental health.

He sought a four week remand for mental health reports to be obtained.

The man was remanded in custody to reappear in court on December 17.

Judge Geoff Rea allowed the interim name suppression order to continue until November 26.

Police allege he attacked the elderly woman in her home about midday on November 7.

Police said at the time the woman was bundled up and carried inside as she was checking her mail.

She was discovered by her son later in the afternoon after seeking solace in her bed.

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