11 Mar 2015

Name suppression for HIV accused

12:41 pm on 11 March 2015

A man accused of failing to take reasonable steps to protect others from the HIV virus can keep his name secret.

The man, aged in his 40s, appeared in the Auckland District Court today, where community magistrate Dianne Hale granted him name suppression.

Ms Hale had received an affadavit from a detective in support of the application, and the man's lawyer, Lincoln Burns, also made brief arguments, but no reasons have yet been given for name suppression.

According to charge sheets in court, the man, from an inner-city Auckland suburb, is accused of committing criminal nuisance by failing to take reasonable precautions knowing that his actions could endanger the life of a named person.

He also faces a charge of causing grievous bodily harm to the same person.

He is due back in court at the end of the month.