Roast Busters: Accused men plead not guilty, want jury trial

Two men charged with sex offences after investigations into the Roast Busters saga have denied charges and sought a jury trial.

The two first appeared on December 23 when they were granted name suppression and entered no pleas.

Each man faced one charge of sexual connection with a young person aged 12-16.

At Waitakere District Court on Thursday, not guilty pleas were entered for both men.

Police allege the offending happened between late 2012 and early 2013 and involved a girl aged 14 at the time.

The accused men were 16 at the time.

One of the accused men sat alone in the court. The second had two supporters with him.

The two men sat apart in the courtroom public gallery before being called to the dock together on Thursday afternoon.

Interim name suppression for both men continues.

Both men will reappear for a case review on March 31.


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