A man charged with two historic rapes in Whangarei was to
make an application for bail in Taumaranui District Court
Walter Stephens, 47, was interviewed by Northland detectives
who travelled to Taumaranui, in the King Country, on Tuesday.
Scientific advances in DNA testing meant police could follow
Stephens was charged with sexual violation by rape, abduction
and threatening to kill a 19-year-old on January 4, 1991 and
with sexual violation by rape of another 19-year-old woman in
Stephens initially appeared in Taumaranui District Court on
Tuesday and was remanded in custody. His application for bail
was to be heard today.
- Northern Advocate