Police have credited the public spirit for the quick arrest
of the man charged with abducting and wounding a
nine-year-old Timaru boy on November 15.
Name suppression for 26-year-old Timaru man Matthew John
Krouse was lifted in the District Court at Timaru today.
Speaking after the court hearing, prosecutor Sergeant Mylen
Hamilton said the quick arrest of the alleged offender was
the result of good public support.
"When kids are involved in these offences people just rally
around to help us. Almost everyone is a parent or a
grandparent and nobody holds back with information", he said.
Judge Joanna Maze lifted the interim name suppression order
following the withdrawal of police opposition. She said the
interim suppression order, imposed when Krouse first appeared
on November 21, had been made to protect the complainant.
She had been assured by police that the people responsible
for the care of the complainant were no longer concerned
about the release of the defendant's name.
The judge also noted that the suppression order had been
breached by social media but not by reputable representatives
of the news media. Suppression of the complainant's identity
remains in force.
The charges relate to discovery of the distressed
nine-year-old at Holme Station Bridge, about 15km from
Timaru, roughly an hour and a half after he left his school
for home at 3pm.
Krouse sat impassively in the dock during his brief court
He was remanded in custody for a post committal conference on