Rape charges

Waikato Times - - News -

A teenager ac­cused of rap­ing a woman and as­sault­ing her daugh­ter in their Hamil­ton home has ap­peared in court. No de­tails about the 16-yearold can be re­vealed as he has ap­peared in Youth Court where all iden­ti­fy­ing de­tails are au­to­mat­i­cally sup­pressed. He was sup­ported in court by his fam­ily, who sat in the pub­lic gallery. The teenager faces 16 charges in re­la­tion to the in­ci­dent that hap­pened in St An­drews, on April

7. Charges in­clude male rapes fe­male over 16, ab­duc­tion for sex, two counts of threat­en­ing to kill, three counts of other sex­ual vi­o­la­tion of­fences, two counts of male as­saults fe­male, two counts of kid­nap­ping and wound­ing with in­tent and in­jur­ing with in­tent to in­jure. During the court ap­pear­ance on Mon­day, his lawyer en­tered no plea on the charges and ap­plied for elec­tronic mon­i­tored bail, which po­lice op­posed. Judge Denise Clark de­nied the ap­pli­ca­tion for bail, cit­ing the ‘‘very se­ri­ous’’ na­ture of the charges. She re­manded the ac­cused in cus­tody to a youth jus­tice fa­cil­ity under care of Oranga Ta­mariki to reap­pear on May 2.

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