A prominent Kaitaia businessman facing 22 charges of sexual
offending against boys has again been denied bail after a
judge ruled he could try to make complainants change their
Daniel Luke Taylor, 37, appeared for a bail application
before Judge John McDonald in the Kaitaia District Court
Taylor was originally remanded in custody by Judge Greg Davis
following his arrest. He was further remanded in custody
today till January 31, when he is due to appear for a
The application for electronically-monitored bail (e-bail)
proposed that Taylor live at a rural residence outside
However, Judge McDonald said that would not prevent further
offending, as a remand in custody would. Nor would it prevent
Taylor from making contact with witnesses, the judge said.
"On the face of it he deliberately went about gaining the
confidence of these families and boys so he could carry out
the sexual activity alleged.
"He has shown a careful and devious mind. He knows that the
case against him substantially relies on the word of six
young complainants, and I consider there is still a risk of
him trying to get one or more of those complainants to change
Police prosecutor Duncan Coleman had again opposed the
granting of bail, telling Judge McDonald there had been no
change in circumstances since November 15, when Taylor
dramatically collapsed in the dock before being led away for
Mr Coleman said police still regarded the risk of Taylor
interfering with witnesses as high.
The offending, which had allegedly taken place over a
five-year period from 2007, had involved systematic grooming
of the victims, who were still susceptible and vulnerable to
Taylor's lawyer, John Munro, who saw the alleged potential
for interfering with witnesses as the prime ground for
opposing bail, argued that his client had no previous
convictions and no bail record to suggest that he would be a
Taylor had known on September 25 that he was under
investigation, but had not been charged until November 15. He
had made no contact with potential witnesses over that
period, and in fact had removed himself from situations where
he might have been seen as interfering.
"He did all the right things," Mr Munro said.
"The court can be confident that he can be relied upon not to
breach any conditions of bail."
- The Northland Age