15 Feb 2017

Man charged with daylight sex attack appears in court

2:55 pm on 15 February 2017

The 30-year-old appeared in the Auckland District Court today where he faces four charges, including kidnapping and indecent assault.

The man's lawyer argued that naming her client could endanger his right to a fair trial.

Judge Russell Collins granted the man interim name suppression until his next appearance next month. He was remanded in custody.

Haslett Street in Auckland, where the woman was abducted.

Haslett Street in Auckland, where the woman was abducted. Photo: RNZ / Sharon Brettkelly

The police have said the woman, aged in her twenties, was walking along Haslett Street towards Ponsonby on Monday afternoon when she saw a man standing next to several parked cars.

As she passed the man, he grabbed her from behind and dragged her into his car.

She managed to escape while the car was moving.

Detective Inspector Aaron Pascoe said she was in the car only a short time, but it was a traumatic ordeal and she was trying to come to terms with what had happened to her.

Mr Pascoe said the woman had been told about the arrest and was very relieved.