The man charged with assaulting an elderly woman at the Posie Parker rally in Auckland earlier this year will now head back to court.
He is due to appear again in the Auckland District Court on 10 August at 10.45am for a further case review.
Police have declined to comment.
The man’s lawyer Emma Priest told media the decision was a blow ‘to her young client’.
‘In this case accepting and then withdrawing acceptance was a real blow to my young client. I expect this was distressing for the complainant too who believed there was some finality to this matter only to be told that it was not finalised at all. Senior police oversee these decisions. The error is inexplicable and unfair in my view. I cannot comment further on the case given it will now progress through the Courts in the usual way,’ she said.
The 20 year old defendant has interim name suppression. Video of the attack, which included numerous punches to the head of the victim, circulated widely on social media in the days following the #LetWomenSpeak event in Albert Park in March.