Guilty plea to sex charge

Rere man John Burnard Burns, 64, has admitted historical sex offending against a boy.

He appeared via AV link from a prison remand unit to enter his guilty plea in Gisborne District Court to a charge of sexual violation by unlawful sexual connection.

The charge related to three specific incidents said to have occurred over a specified time period.

Burns was further remanded in custody for sentence on December 7.

The offence is a Three Strikes one but the earliest date in the range specified by the charge predates the introduction of the Three Strikes Warning legislation.

Parties were to assess prior to sentencing whether, under those circumstances, the warning could be given.

Rere man John Burnard Burns, 64, has admitted historical sex offending against a boy.

He appeared via AV link from a prison remand unit to enter his guilty plea in Gisborne District Court to a charge of sexual violation by unlawful sexual connection.

The charge related to three specific incidents said to have occurred over a specified time period.

Burns was further remanded in custody for sentence on December 7.

The offence is a Three Strikes one but the earliest date in the range specified by the charge predates the introduction of the Three Strikes Warning legislation.

Parties were to assess prior to sentencing whether, under those circumstances, the warning could be given.

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