A man who allegedly tore women's teeth out with pliers while
having sex with them has lost a bid to keep his name secret.
Philip Lyle Hansen appeared in the Wellington District Court
today attempting to continue his name suppression until his
trial next April.
He is facing 11 charges, including assault and sex charges.
Crown lawyer Sally Carter said while there would be a
"flurry" of media attention around the case once his name was
known, that attention would not be sustained until his trial.
His lawyer Mike Antunovic said Hansen was attempting to start
up a contracting house painting business and if his name was
publicised it would affect his work and cause extreme
Judge Bill Hastings said hardship followed the arrest of any
"I accept there has been considerable media interest in this
case because of the unique allegations that have been made."
However, he said claiming extreme hardship was a "very high
hurdle" and he was not convinced that Hansen would suffer it
if his name was published.
He declined Mr Antunovic's application for Hansen's interim
name suppression to continue.
The relationship Hansen had with the women was suppressed.
Hansen has denied the charges, including using pliers to pull
out a total of 12 teeth from three separate victims. He was
arrested in December 2012.
- Rebecca Quilliam of APNZ