A 27-year-old inmate who failed to return from compassionate leave has turned himself in to police.

Daryl Hemopo was granted compassionate bail by the Court to attend a relative's tangihanga but police say he failed to return to prison yesterday afternoon as directed.

A border alert was raised with Customs, a Corrections spokesperson said.

"We have been making inquiries since to locate him,"

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Inspector Dave Glossop, area commander for Counties Manukau South, said Hemopo had a number of active warrants for serious charges including aggravated robbery, indecently assaults female over 16 and assaults police.

He was considered dangerous and should not be approached.

However police said this evening he had handed himself in this evening.

The Corrections spokesperson said applications for bail are made by remand prisoners' legal representatives on their behalf.

"Corrections is not a party to the proceedings. A judge decides whether to grant the person bail and what conditions they must comply with," the spokesperson said.

"A person granted bail is not in Corrections custody, and therefore not accompanied by Corrections officers."