A former Wellington police officer has been charged with a serious assault.

Duncan Edward Ashton, 45, appeared in the Porirua District Court this morning before a registrar.

He faces one charge of injuring with intent to injure the male complainant in an incident on July 23.

Ashton, formerly a police officer in the Wellington district, stood in the dock with his arm in a sling.

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He appeared before a registrar, who remanded him on bail to reappear next month.

The bail conditions include that he is not to associate with the complainant, except for a meeting at a marae in August.

Wellington District Commander, Superintendent Corrie Parnell said Ashton left the police several months ago. He was not a member of the police at the time of the alleged assault.