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NZ: Sex charged businessman in hospital (Auckland)

Publish Date: 22 Mar 2012
Source: Fairfax NZ News
By: Ian Steward

An Auckland businessman accused of conspiring with a 17-year-old girl to compel other girls to prostitute themselves is facing fresh charges of kidnapping and sexual assault.

The 56-year-old man, who has interim name suppression, was called in the Auckland District Court yesterday but did not appear because he is in hospital.

His 17-year-old co-accused appeared for the first time, having returned from Australia after the five charges against her were laid.

She has been charged with conspiring with the man to compel girls to provide commercial sexual services, three charges of compelling the girls to provide sexual services and one charge of conspiring with the man to ''stupefy persons unknown''.

The businessman had three new charges laid yesterday of compelling "persons unknown" to provide him with commercial sexual services, detaining a female without her consent with intent to have sexual connection with her, and sexually violating the same woman.

He already faced 15 charges including:

- Four charges under the Prostitution Reform Act of compelling three people to provide commercial services between June and November last year

- Supplying methamphetamine and date-rape drug GHB to one woman, stupefying her and indecently assaulting her in December 2009

- Supplying methamphetamine to another woman and three charges of sexually violating her in August last year

- Supplying methamphetamine to another girl and sexually violating her in June 2011

- Two charges of offering to supply GHB

- Conspiring with the 17-year-old to stupefy persons unknown

Two of the alleged victims were under 16 at the time.

The man originally appeared in court a month ago after a police raid of his inner-city apartment by armed police and the Child Exploitation Team.

He was charged with possession of a methamphetamine pipe and illegal possession of a pistol.

He was denied name suppression at his first hearing but an appeal is making its way through the High Court.

The 17-year-old girl was also granted name suppression.

She was supported in court by her mother.

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