1493267524479 - Queenstown builder remanded in custody on sexual violation charges

Queenstown builder remanded in custody on sexual violation charges

A Queenstown builder who faces charges over a serious sexual assault has been remanded in custody until May 11.

The 30-year-old man did not enter a plea and was granted interim name suppression when he appeared before Judge John Strettell in the Queenstown District Court on Thursday.

He faces three charges of sexual violation and one of assault with a laptop computer on April 24.

Another charge of entering a building without authority and with the intention of committing an imprisonable offence, on the same day, was entered.

Defence counsel Michael Walker argued to have the man bailed to family in Australia due to concerns over his mental health. It could be between six months and a year for a trial date, he said.

A 36-year-old Taranaki man who was pepper sprayed by police in Cromwell on Wednesday was charged with threatening to do grievous bodily harm to three people, including two police constables. He also faces charges of refusing to accompany a police officer and driving with an alcohol breath level of 911mcg.

He was granted interim name suppression and remanded in custody to appear in the Alexandra District Court on May 25.


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