24 Jun 2016

Man charged over Porirua sexual assault

11:02 am on 24 June 2016

A man has appeared in court charged with the prolonged sexual assault of a 65-year-old Porirua woman in her home.

The 40-year-old, who cannot be named, has yet to plead to the eight charges he faces: three of sexual violation, rape, rendering a woman unconscious with intent to commit rape, threatening to kill, unlawfully detaining the woman with intent to have sexual connection and burglary.

The woman was home alone just after 6am last Friday when she answered the door to a man claiming to be looking for his daughter.

In Porirua District Court this morning, the accused man, dressed in a blue prison suit, stood bent over in the dock with his eyes on the ground throughout his brief appearance.

At the request of the man's lawyer, Judge Denys Barry granted him interim name suppression until his family had been told, and remanded him in custody until 1 July to appear in court again.