Kurt Bayer is a Herald reporter based in Christchurch

Pensioner accused of sexual assault named

The accused pleaded not guilty to 13 charges at Christchurch District Court. Photo / File
The accused pleaded not guilty to 13 charges at Christchurch District Court. Photo / File

A Christchurch pensioner accused of sexual assaults half a century apart can be named for the first time today.

James Grainger, 65, today pleaded not guilty to 13 charges at Christchurch District Court and elected a trial by jury.

An interim order for name suppression lapsed this morning.

He is accused of three counts of sodomy in Dunedin between June 1964 and December 1970.

Grainger also faces four charges of sexual connection with a young person aged between 14-16 from January 2011 and October 2013, on the West Coast and Christchurch, by giving them money and alcohol in return for sexual acts.

He also faces four charges of committing an indecent act on the young male.

Judge David Saunders told Grainger that he is entitled to a presumption of innocence.

He remanded him on continued bail to August 8 for a case review hearing.

Bail conditions include that he live at a Christchurch address, not to associate with the complainants, not to go within 100m of a business address, surrender his passport to police, and not to be with anyone under 16 years of age unless in company of another adult.

- NZ Herald

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