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Man allegedly tore out women’s teeth during sex because he liked ‘gummy ladies’

Crime WorldBy Morgan Flanagan Creagh
Philip Lyle Hansen (Pic: 3 News)
Philip Lyle Hansen (Pic: 3 News)

56-year-old Philip Lyle Hansen allegedly pulled out women’s teeth with a screwdriver and a pair of pliers during sex because he liked “gummy ladies”.

A court in New Zeland heard that Hansen claims to have been just “helping” his victims.

He has pleaded not guilty to 11 charges, including unlawful wounding with intent.

The incidents date from 1988 to 2011.

Hansen’s 47-year-old former girlfriend told Wellington District Court that she was too afraid to report him and that she never gave consent to having her teeth pulled out.

Crown prosecutor Sally Carter’s opening address warned that jury what Hansen “liked woman without teeth” and they would hear of his “fascination or obsession with them”.

The court watched a video of a woman describing how, Hansen allegedly held her against a car door and removed six of her bottom teeth with an oily rag as they had sex.

The woman later had all her teeth removed and replaced with dentures, but she claims that when her wisdom teeth started coming through Hansen pried them out with a screwdriver.

"He had a screwdriver in his hand, he then tilted my head back... after that he had grabbed the screwdriver and started digging at the back of my gums to try and get out these wisdom teeth," she said in the video from 2012.

Defence lawyer Mike Antunovic said the woman had let Hansen pull out six teeth from her lower jaw and that Hansen was just trying to help the women, not hurt them.

Antunovic said that the woman had not objected to Hansen extracting her teeth with pliers and suggested that he had been trying to help the woman when he tried to remove her emerging wisdom teeth with a screwdriver after she complained about the problems they were causing her.

The trial continues.