Surprise attack left police officer unconscious

By Greymouth Star staff

File photo / NZ Herald
File photo / NZ Herald

A Runanga man's surprise attack on a police officer in a cell ruled out his chances of bail, a court has heard.

Nigel Ross Hipson, 37, had been arrested on charges of threatening to kill and assaulting a woman with intent to injure after police attended a domestic dispute.

It was alleged at a bail hearing before Judge David Saunders yesterday in the Greymouth District Court that Hipson attacked a constable who was bringing him a cup of coffee, knocking him unconscious.

He now faces another two charges of threatening to kill and assaulting a police officer with intent to escape.

Judge Saunders, hearing from prosecutor Steven Greer that Hipson was smoking two bags of the 'legal high' K2 a day, said that he could not risk giving him bail. Hipson will next appear on November 20.

Get the news delivered straight to your inbox

Receive the day’s news, sport and entertainment in our daily email newsletter


© Copyright 2017, NZME. Publishing Limited

Assembled by: (static) on production apcf03 at 26 May 2017 15:28:57 Processing Time: 571ms