Ex-scout leader case adjourned

Former Papamoa scout leader Graham Morine in 2011. File photo.

A former Papamoa scout group leader, guilty of indecent assault and sexual violation has had his case put off until the end of the month.

Graham William Morine, 76, pleaded guilty to four representative charges at Tauranga District court at the end of last year, on December 11.

The charges include indecent assault and sexual violation by unlawful sexual conviction and relate to an incident in 2012 when two young children, whose sex can’t legally be identified.

A court summary of facts reveals that the abuse would continue for years, whenever the children would stay with Morine.

Morine was originally set to appear in court on December 7, but did not show up and a warrant was issued for his arrest.

He cited health reasons as his rationale but Crown prosecutor Anna Pollett says Morine often uses his health as an excuse.

On the same day the warrant was issued he was the subject of an armed offender’s squad callout where he was detained and taken to hospital for treatment.

Morine was due to appear in court today, but the case has now been rescheduled until February 28.

 -Additional reporting by Stuff.co.nz


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