Rob Kidd is a NZME. News Service court reporter based in Auckland.

Man accused of drugging couch surfer fights to keep identity secret

Judge Jane Farish has lifted the suppression order. Photo / One News
Judge Jane Farish has lifted the suppression order. Photo / One News

A Christchurch man charged with drugging a male couch surfer is fighting to keep his identity a secret.

The 36-year-old will stand trial later this year on one charge of stupefying with a sexual intention.

He has had name suppression since he was charged in November 2014.

However, after a hearing at Christchurch District Court this month, Judge Jane Farish lifted the suppression order. She was not satisfied that publication of his name would cause him extreme hardship.

Defence counsel Andrew McCormick had until 1pm today to file an appeal against the decision.

A court official this morning confirmed the appeal had been lodged.

A High Court hearing date to decide whether he can keep his name suppressed ahead of the October 7 trial is yet to be set down.

The man has been remanded on electronically-monitored bail.

- NZ Herald

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