Accused stay in custody


Three of five men charged after two police officers were brutally attacked during a Christmas Day arrest in Dargaville have been further remanded in custody.

Alissa Sailo Gooding, 25, Stewart Anthony Tahere, 27, and Joshua Terrence Dennis Pilisi-Mohetaue, 28, all of Dargaville, reappeared in the Whangarei District Court on Monday.

Gooding is charged with injuring with intent to cause grievous bodily harm, assaulting police with a weapon and damage to police property (a Taser) and Tahere is facing a charge of escaping police custody.

Pilisi-Mohetaue is charged with injuring with intent to cause grievous bodily harm and, with Gooding, has been remanded in custody until January 7. Tahere was denied bail and will reappear on January 17.

Seven people were arrested after the attack which put the two policemen in hospital.

The constables- were punched and hit to the ground about 8pm at a house in Tirarau St, where a party was being held.

They were kicked when on the ground and a woman allegedly used a brick as a weapon and tried to shoot an officer with his own Taser, which she smashed when she couldn't fire it. One officer was knocked out and the second was kicked in the head while protecting him.

- Kiki Uelese, 19, of Wellington, and William Campbell-Tahere, 17, of Dargaville, were remanded on bail until January 17.

A 16-year-old boy charged with wilful damage is expected to be referred to the police youth aid section.

- Northern Advocate

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