Teen caught in girl’s bed­room

Marlborough Express - - FRONT PAGE -

When spo­ken to by po­lice, the man ex­pressed re­morse for his ac­tions.

The Marl­bor­ough man ad­mit­ted a charge of in­de­cent as­sault at the Blen­heim Dis­trict Court on Mon­day.

His lawyer John Hold­away said it was the man’s first crim­i­nal of­fence.

Po­lice re­fused to grant di­ver­sion as the charge was too se­ri­ous, so Hold­away would make an ap­pli­ca­tion for a dis­charge with­out con­vic­tion, he said.

The man was will­ing to meet with the girl and try to make amends through restora­tive jus­tice, if the girl was will­ing to par­tic­i­pate, Hold­away said.

He asked for in­terim name sup­pres­sion to pro­tect the iden­tity of the girl.

Judge Tony Zohrab granted in­terim sup­pres­sion but said he would seek the fam­ily’s opin­ion be­fore grant­ing fi­nal name sup­pres­sion.

He re­ferred the man to restora­tive jus­tice and or­dered a pro­ba­tion re­port, and re­manded the man on bail to July 25 for sen­tenc­ing.

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