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Prominent gang leader gets electronic bail

The gang leader has been granted bail again. Photo / Brett Phibbs
The gang leader has been granted bail again. Photo / Brett Phibbs

A prominent gang leader accused of setting his dog on police when they attempted to check his bail conditions has been granted bail - again.

The man, who can't be named for legal reasons, was charged with two counts of assault with a weapon after the alleged attack on police officers at his Grey Lynn home.

He was also charged with allegedly escaping lawful police custody and going on the run for several days before handing himself in to police on May 7.

A bail application hearing at the High Court in Auckland heard the dog had been euthanised after being pepper sprayed by officers.

One officer was bitten. Another dog was removed from the house by animal control officers.

The man's lawyer, Maria Pecotic, said he would dispute whether it was a rottweiler or a pitbull that was involved in the incident, but "that dog was humanely euthanised."

Justice Mary Peters said: "It's just not a terrific start when someone is keeping pitbulls and bull mastiffs at their property."

The court heard the man would move to a new address, where the dogs would not be allowed.

Justice Peters released him on electronic bail. The man's pregnant wife embraced him after the hearing.

- NZ Herald

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