Rob Kidd is a NZME. News Service court reporter based in Auckland.

Alleged women attacker appears in court

Antoni Manase Kalekale faces charges of wounding with intent to do grievous bodily harm, injuring with intent to injure and assaulting a woman. Photo / Supplied, NZ Police
Antoni Manase Kalekale faces charges of wounding with intent to do grievous bodily harm, injuring with intent to injure and assaulting a woman. Photo / Supplied, NZ Police

A man accused of attacking two women in two days, who was allegedly found by police hiding under a bed, will be behind bars until next week.

Antoni Manase Kalekale, who goes by the name of Nase, appeared in Auckland District Court this morning facing charges of wounding with intent to do grievous bodily harm, injuring with intent to injure and assaulting a woman.

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Yesterday, police released a name and photo of the 21-year-old defendant, who they believed was evading authorities, but arrested him shortly afterwards.

Both of Kalekale's alleged victims were known to him, police said.

"The first assault occurred in Northcote on Sunday night, the victim suffered a stab wound to the back," a spokeswoman told the Herald.

She was taken to hospital but her injuries were minor and she was discharged soon after.

The second alleged attack occurred in Sandringham on Sunday, which saw the victim hospitalised for a short period with facial swelling.

The court today heard Kalekale was yet to speak with his lawyer and he consented to a remand in custody until Tuesday when a bail application would likely be made.

Judge David Sharp was initially going to grant interim name suppression but Kalekale had no objection to his name being published.

He made headlines more than nine years ago as a 12-year-old when he threw an egg at Prime Minister John Key's car.

Mr Key was visiting a Mt Albert street at the time, which he had said epitomised "dead-end" New Zealand where an underclass had allowed hopelessness to "become ingrained".

According to court documents Kalekale now lives a kilometre away in Sandringham.

If found guilty of the most serious crime of wounding, he could face up to 14 years in prison.

- NZ Herald

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