A 58 year old New Plymouth man accused of pimping a 15 year old girl is continuing in his efforts to keep his name secret. If his identity became public he maintains it could seriously damage both his health and his business.
The accused has also been charged with contracting a girl aged under 18 for sex, receiving earnings from a girl aged under 18, operating a brothel without a licence, sexual connection with a girl aged between 12 and 16 and supplying drugs.
Police opposed the suppression order arguing that the accused’s customers had a right to know about his activities.
It’s a fine balance between protecting a person’s right to be presumed innocent until proved guilty and protecting the public, accutely so when children are involved. It’s hoped that the judge has got it right in this case when he stated that the name suppression should be limited
The case will be next presented in court at depositions hearing on 12 November