Name suppression for Labour camp accused

The Herald reports:

A man accused of indecent assaults at a Labour Party summer youth camp pleaded not guilty when he appeared in court this morning.

The 20-year-old was arrested last month and appeared for the first time in the Auckland District Court this morning.

He faces six counts of indecent assault against four complainants and pleaded not guilty to all of the charges.

The accused was granted interim name suppression and bailed to appear in court again later this year.

The issue of the man’s name suppression will also be contested later this month.

The accused may have a decent case for name supression, at least under the verdict. If he is found not guilty, then naming him could be unjust. If he is found guilty, then I would expect him to be named.

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