Amelia Wade is a court reporter for the New Zealand Herald

Horror Riverhead quarry attack: Man, 59, pleads not guilty

The man arrested in Onehunga yesterday in connection with the attack at the quarry on Sawmill Rd, has been granted interim name suppression. Photo / Jason Oxenham
The man arrested in Onehunga yesterday in connection with the attack at the quarry on Sawmill Rd, has been granted interim name suppression. Photo / Jason Oxenham

A 59-year-old man has pleaded not guilty to charges connected to the attack on a young woman in a Riverhead quarry two weeks ago.

The Onehunga man, whose name is suppressed until midnight, pleaded not guilty to charges of abduction, wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm and assault with intent to commit sexual violation.

He has opted to defend the charges with a jury trial.

He was arrested late last week and appeared at the Auckland District Court this morningbefore Judge Nevin Dawson.

The man's lawyer, Jonathan Hudson, asked for interim name suppression because he hadn't yet informed all his family members of his arrest.

Judge Dawson permitted temporary interim name suppression until midnight so he could tell his family.

The man, dressed in a plaid shirt, had to sit in the dock due to a pre-existing medical condition. He was remanded in custody until his next appearance in June.

The maximum penalty for the abduction and grievous bodily harm charges is 14 years each and 10 years for the assault with intent to cause sexual violation.

After the arrest, Detective Senior Sergeant Kim Libby of Waitemata Police said they had spoken with the victim and she was "extremely relieved" to hear the news.

"This has been a traumatic experience for her and she is receiving ongoing support from her family, friends and police," Libby said.

"The investigation team has worked tirelessly over the past 14 days and we know this news will bring a great deal of relief to the Auckland community."

As part of a search warrant carried out at the Onehunga property, a 2008 Ford Mondeo has been seized and forensically examined.

Police also thanked the many members of the public who called the 0800 number and provided information during the past fortnight.

There had also been many businesses which assisted with the inquiry by promptly and proactively providing CCTV footage and police thanked them also.

- NZ Herald

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