An escaped prisoner has been recaptured after police found him hiding in the ceiling of a house in Taupo.
Jamie Paamu Hughes, 29, appeared in Taupo District Court this morning after three days on the run.
Hughes walked away from a forestry work party at Tongariro Rangipo Prison on Tuesday and hotwired a Corrections Department truck and fled to Taupo.
Police found him last night hiding in the ceiling of a house.
Hughes is charged with escaping from prison custody, theft of a Corrections Department vehicle and driving while forbidden.
He entered no plea and was remanded in custody to March 1.
Before his escape Hughes was serving a sentence for domestic violence.
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