25 Feb 2015

Man in court charged with hospital rape

11:42 am on 25 February 2015

A man charged with raping a woman in a hospital after she gave birth has appeared in court.

The 54-year-old, who has name suppression, was arrested by police investigating the cold-case murder of Katrina Jefferies whose body was found dumped in the Auckland suburb of Hillsborough 10 years ago.

His arrest on 36 charges is not associated with the murder.

The man appeared in the High Court in Auckland today where Justice Lang set a trial date for March next year.

However, Justice Lang said he would set an earlier trial date if he could find one and if police forensic evidence was ready.