Man denies all charges


The man accused of using his girlfriend's one-year-old son as a human shield against police pepper spray has denied all charges laid against him.

Zane Korari Mete Lewis, 22, had two further charges laid against him yesterday when he appeared at Hastings District Court. Lewis now faces charges of resisting police, escaping police custody and the two new charges of aggravated assault.

He pleaded not guilty to all charges in relation to the incident which occurred on April 8.

The accused allegedly pulled his girlfriend and child in front of him as police pepper-sprayed him during an arrest at a house in Waipawa.

He then allegedly barricaded himself, the woman and child in the lounge of the house, but a short time later escaped through a window. He was tasered and caught by officers as he tried to flee the property.

He was remanded in custody until next month.

- HAWKES BAY TODAY

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