A man who allegedly tore victims' teeth out with pliers is
set to face trial in Wellington next year.
His charges include using pliers to pull out a total of 12
teeth from three separate victims, two of whom are his
The charges are injured with intent to injure and assault
with intent to injure. He has also been charged with rape and
unlawful sexual connection.
The 53-year-old Upper Hutt man, whose name is suppressed to
protect the identity of his victims, was arrested in December
2012 and will face trial in May next year. The man has denied
According to the police summary of facts for the case, the
man would often produce the pliers during sex, putting them
in the women's mouths against their will. The charges are
dated between 1988 and late-2011.
His first victim, who he went on to marry, was 20 years old,
the summary said. It was her first serious relationship.
"He would drive the victim to the Petone boatsheds and park
at the rear of them, where they would indulge in sexual
"On one of these occasions the defendant held the victim down
in the back of the car and, using a pair of pliers, removed
six of the victim's bottom teeth. [She] was unable to prevent
the defendant pulling her teeth out."
She went on to have the rest of her teeth professionally
The following year, the man assaulted her again, the summary
said with a screwdriver, attempting to pry her wisdom teeth
"The victim suffered significant pain during the incident.
She told the defendant to stop but he continued his attempts
... without success."
It is alleged the man also raped his first wife in 1993,
after giving her "an unknown form of pain medication along
Ten years after divorcing her he met his second wife, in
2005. They met on a dating website in September, the summary
said. It is claimed he first assaulted her that December,
although the couple remained together until early 2012.
"The defendant told the victim that her teeth looked terrible
and ugly ... [and] said he could pull the teeth out because
he had done it before.
"He grabbed her and squashed her down towards the floor. He
grabbed the victim's head with one hand and with his other
used the pliers.
The defendant managed to pull out four of the victim's bottom
He met his third victim online in 2011, the summary said. On
two occasions during sex he removed teeth, it is alleged.
- Sam Boyer of the NZ Herald