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A man in New Zealand is on trial after his penchant for edentulous ladies allegedly peaked in a series of violent assaults, during which he removed his victims’ teeth with pliers.
Philip Lyle Hansen, 56, pleaded not guilty to 11 charges including unlawful sexual connection and wounding with intent to injure four women.
In her opening statement, Crown prosecutor Sally Carter told the jury that she hoped they weren’t squeamish about dental issues, as they would hear evidence about Hansen’s fascination for women without teeth, saying that he liked “gummy ladies.” The prosecution then presented a video in which one of the alleged victims described her experience with Hansen.
The woman, who was not named, was an ex-girlfriend of Hansen’s. She reported that she and Hansen had gone for a drive, before moving to the backseat of his car to have sex. In a total mood-spoiling move, Hansen then allegedly held her against the car door, brandished a pair of pliers and removed six teeth from her lower jaw. He threw the teeth out of the car window, and used an oily rag to stop the bleeding in the woman’s mouth.
Hansen later encouraged the woman to have the rest of her teeth removed by a dentist. She acquiesced and was fitted for dentures, but shortly thereafter her wisdom teeth began to come through. At that point, the woman reported, Hansen’s overwhelming disdain for dentition once again reared its head and he removed her wisdom teeth with a screwdriver.
The woman said that she was too afraid to do or say anything, even after Hansen destroyed several pairs of her dentures - flushing one pair down the toilet, and blaming the destruction of another on the cat.
During cross-examination, the defense attorney stated that the woman had asked Hansen to remove her teeth, and that Hansen was just trying to do her a really nice favor. The woman denied this claim and said that Hansen didn’t want her to have any teeth because he wanted oral sex.
The crimes all took place between 1988 and 2011 in Wellington, New Zealand. The woman was the first alleged victim, to testify. The trial is expected to take two toothache-filled weeks.