Man accused of using baby as human shield named

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The man alleged to have used his girlfriend and her one-year-old son as human shields against police pepper spray lost name suppression today.

Zane Korari Mete Lewis, 22, has been charged with resisting police and escaping police custody. Further charges are expected to be laid in relation to the incident which occurred on April 8.

Lewis did not enter a plea when he appeared in Hastings District Court today. He was remanded in custody to reappear on April 30.

His lawyer Amit Malik had previously indicated Lewis would deny any charges stemming from the alleged incident involving his girlfriend and the infant.

Lewis allegedly became violent during an incident with police at his Waipawa home.

Police said his girlfriend and her son took the full force of the pepper spray after they were thrust in front of him during the altercation. He was later tasered trying to escape from the address and taken into police custody.

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