Stiff-armed man intended to harm Ironman, say police

Last updated 11:50 27/02/2013

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A Reporoa farmer alleged to have 'stiff armed' and seriously injured a cyclist training for Taupo Ironman has had the charge upgraded from common assault to injuring with intent to cause grievous bodily harm.

Joseph Roberts, 21, of Marotiri Rd, appeared in Taupo District Court this morning.

Roberts is alleged to have knocked eight-time Ironman competitor, Alasdair Slade, 49, from his bike on Monday while Mr Slade was training on Broadlands Rd, near Taupo, for this weekends Taupo Ironman.

Mr Slade said previously he had given the finger to Roberts when Roberts overtook a car coming towards him.

Roberts is alleged to have turned around, and waited for Mr Slade up the road before "stiff arming" him from his bike.

Mr Slade suffered a broken hip and collarbone and is in a stable condition in Rotorua Hospital.

Roberts was remanded without plea on bail to appear in court next month.

An application for name suppression was refused.

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