Prominent New Zealander’s name suppression extended

Prominent New Zealander waits until the 11th hour to make appeal.

A prominent New Zealander facing multiple charges of indecent assault is appealing an order that would have let media name him.

The man has pleaded not guilty to 12  indecent assault charges, involving two complainants.

He had been remanded on bail until April 20.

In February Judge Roy Wade ordered the suppression order, which stops media from identifying the man, to lapse today at 5pm.

However, the man's lawyer had indicated an appeal would be made.

A High Court this afternoon confirmed the man is appealing the lifting of the suppression, which automatically means the suppression is extended until the appeal is heard. 

Barrister Graeme Edgeler – who is not acting on the case - told NBR ONLINE a suppression appeal ordinarily takes three to four weeks to come before a High Court, although one could expect a decision quickly after that.

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