A TEENAGER facing charges in the Queenstown kidnap case has been granted continued interim name suppression.
The 17-year-old girl appeared in Queenstown District Court this morning (Monday) to apply for the restriction on medical grounds.
It means her name cannot be made public.
Her doctor wrote to the court saying the youngster had recently had her tonsils removed and suffered from glandular fever.
Lawyer Phena Byrne told the court the stress caused by making her name public could have an adverse affect on her health. Byrne also emphasised the girl’s young age.
Judge Michael Turner says: “I’ve indicated to counsel that I’m not satisfied on the basis of a letter from her doctor that a theoretical recurrence of glandular fever is sufficient for continued name suppression.”
But, taking into account the girl’s age, he granted continued interim suppression for two weeks until a hearing on February 13.
The youngster is one of eight defendants charged with offences relating to the alleged kidnap and assault of Jason Maynard on Crown Range in November.
He was allegedly attacked by a balaclava-wearing gang wielding machetes and a meat cleaver, bundled into the back of a car and dumped in Arrowtown.
Rachel Maree Faul, 20, Jonathan Charles Burke, 24, Sam Gordon Coupe, 29, Michael Philip Coulter, 25,Charlotte Amelia Spencer Dickson, 18, Daniel Kissell, 28, Brodie O’Rourke, 23, also face charges.
A pre-committal hearing is scheduled for February 28.