January 1, 2009
Homeless man ordered to wear underpants
A New Zealand homeless man accused of obscene exposure has been released on bail with one important condition -- he must wear underwear.
Ben Hana, known in Wellington as the Blanket Man due to his choice of a blanket and a loincloth as clothing, was released on bail Wednesday in Wellington District Court after his Dec. 23 arrest for obscene exposure and cannabis possession, The Dominion Post reported Thursday.
Maxine Dixon, Hana's lawyer, said in her client's bail application that he plans to fight allegations that he exposed himself to children.
He wears high-risk clothing. It's a way of life rather than a deliberate attempt at lewdness, Dixon said.
Dixon suggested the underwear bail condition to Judge Tom Broadmore, who also ordered Hana to abstain from alcohol use and to stay out of licensed businesses except for supermarkets.
Hana is due back in court Jan. 21.