A 20-year-old Invercargill man charged with the sexual
assault of an 8-year-old girl in the sand dunes of
Invercargill's Oreti Beach on Saturday afternoon may face
further charges, an Invercargill police officer says.
The unemployed man appeared in the Invercargill District
Court yesterday facing one charge of indecent assault. He was
granted name suppression until his next appearance, on
February 12, and was remanded in custody.
Inquiries were continuing and it was possible further charges
would be laid, Acting Detective Senior Sergeant Mike Bouman
The girl was attacked about 4pm, 50m south of the main
entrance to the beach, near where many people were enjoying a
A call for assistance from members of the public who had been
on the beach and children playing in the sand dunes about 4pm
had netted ''a couple'' of telephone calls yesterday, he
said. Snr Sgt Bouman would not comment on what led police to
arrest and charge the man.
However, he said talk around Invercargill the man had been
caught with the girl and beaten up on the beach by one or
more people was untrue.
The incident was ''an unusual one'', for Invercargill, he
''It is many, many years since anything like this has
happened [there]. An early arrest is a good result.
''Hopefully, it will alleviate the concerns of the public
using the beach.''
Police were still keen to talk to people at the beach on
Saturday. He asked anyone with information to call
Invercargill police on (03) 211-0400 or Crimestoppers on 0800