The Daily Bork

April 11, 2005

Easy as taking candy from a baby? Nope.

Who do you believe? Why would an old bloke nick a lolly? Why would a little girl claim it? Who the hell knows???

Lolly theft from girl 'a pack of lies'

A man accused of grabbing a child to steal her lollies outside a dairy has told a judge that it is a "pack of lies".

Peter Milton Hayes, 73, of Hastings, was arrested on Monday and charged with assaulting a nine-year-old girl.

He is alleged to have grabbed the girl's hand as she walked out of the Windsor Park Store in Windsor Ave, Hastings, to get a lolly. The girl had a bag of lollies in her hand.

Hayes appeared in Hastings District Court yesterday, representing himself, after refusing to talk to a lawyer to get some legal advice. He told Judge Richard Watson that he did not trust
solicitors as he had had bad experiences with them in the past. He said he would rather stand on his own two feet.

"I spoke to one (a lawyer) outside the court and she wanted me to lie, and I don't lie," Hayes said.

When asked by Judge Watson what he wanted to do, Hayes said he trusted the judge and wanted the matter dealt with in the district court.

Hayes pleaded not guilty to the assault charge, saying "it's a pack of lies".

The charge carries a maximum sentence of two years' prison.

Police sought conditions be imposed that Hayes reside at his Hastings flat, and have no contact with the victim.

He was also not to go within 100 metres of the Windsor Park Store, to which he replied: "I don't want to go there – I will go to another shop."

Judge Watson remanded Hayes on bail till May 11 for a defended hearing.

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