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Jury finds man guilty of bestiality and sexual abuse of a boy

Author
Open Justice,
Publish Date
Thu, 23 Jun 2022, 11:41am
(Photo \ NZ Herald)
(Photo \ NZ Herald)

Jury finds man guilty of bestiality and sexual abuse of a boy

Author
Open Justice,
Publish Date
Thu, 23 Jun 2022, 11:41am

A sex offender who has been found guilty of charges involving bestiality and abusing a young boy will remain behind bars until his sentencing.

Anthony Daryl Hoyle went on trial in the Whanganui District Court on Monday before Judge Bruce Northwood and a jury of six men and six women.

Hoyle had denied two charges each of unlawful sexual connection, doing an indecent act with a boy and one each of sexual connection with a young person and indecency with an animal.

After hearing more than two days evidence the jury retired to consider its verdicts late on Wednesday afternoon and returned with a decision about an hour later.

Hoyle was found guilty on all charges and Judge Northwood remanded him in custody for sentencing on September 28.

Crown solicitor Michele Wilkinson-Smith outlined the case to the jury, as the trial began, detailing Hoyle was a friend of the victim's family and how the boy went to stay at his rural Ohingaiti home, just north of Hunterville on State Highway 1.

Hoyle had been sexually abusing the boy between June 2011 and June 2015, by touching him and had performed a sex act with an animal in front of him.

The victim, who had began refusing to go and stay at Hoyle's house after the offending began, confided in his mother in 2017 when he discovered and was concerned his younger brother wanted to go and spend weekends there.

No formal complaint was made to police until 2020 and Hoyle was arrested and charged in February 2021.

- Leighton Keith, Open Justice

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