A West Auckland man accused of a New Year's Day attack and
attempted abduction of a 6-year-old girl has appeared in
court today, where he was granted temporary name suppression.
The man entered no pleas to one charge each of kidnapping and
assault with intent to commit sexual violation on the girl at
the Glendene Reserve on the evening of January 1.
In the Waitakere District Court, Judge Jonathan Moses said
the man's name suppression, imposed because of possible
identification issues, will be discussed at his next
appearance in February.
Police did not oppose defence lawyer Lester Cordwell's
Mr Cordwell did not make a bail application and the man will
stay in custody.
Police have said the alleged offender was tracked down after
information was received following a public appeal.
"Because the incident is now before the courts we're limited
as to what we can say, but I can tell you that the family of
the victim were very relieved to hear this news, and we're
grateful for the help we received from both the public and
the media," said Detective Sergeant Peter Litherland, of
Waitakere Police, yesterday.
Earlier, Mr Litherland said the child, who required hospital
treatment for scratches, was recovering well.
The girl had been playing with two other children when the
assault allegedly happened.
Police said the children were approached by a man who struck
up a conversation with them, but when the children began to
walk away from him he grabbed the girl and carried her
further into the park.
- Jimmy Ellingham of APNZ