Kurt Bayer is a Herald reporter based in Christchurch

Man on run checks in online

Michael Colin Sturgess.
Michael Colin Sturgess.

A man on the run from police has left a string of comments on his own "wanted" page.

Christchurch police posted on their Facebook page on August 21 that they had a warrant to arrest Michael Colin Sturgess. They posted a photograph of the 26-year-old, and a physical description, and details of how anyone knowing his whereabouts could contact them.

Since it was posted, Sturgess has left messages, and interacted with friends.

Friends have left various comments: "Lol priceless commenting on your own wanted picture lol," one poster says, while another added: "Only you Sturge would comment on your own wanted pic lol."

One pal suggested the GCSB law was passed to catch criminals like him. "Only in NZ criminals comment on their own wanted pics. No wonder this new bill was passed ... it is all your fault!"

Sturgess replies: "First I've heard? But hey, I don't obey the law anyway.

"I live by my own rules thank you very much."

A spokesman at the Christchurch police district command centre said the warrant was not connected to "anything too dramatic" but had been outstanding for some time.

"My advice for him would be to hand himself in."

He wasn't concerned about the online activity, saying that Facebook was a "very good tool for us".


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