Pepper-sprayed baby used as human shield

TOM HUNT
Last updated 15:32 09/04/2013

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A Hawke's Bay man who allegedly used his one-year-old son as a shield against pepper spray has been given name suppression.

 

The 22-year old man appeared at Hastings District Court this afternoon and was granted interim name suppression and remanded into custody until later this month. Interim name suppression was not opposed by police.

The man faces charges of failing to appear in court, resisting police, escaping police custody and other outstanding warrants.

His lawyer Amit Malik said he would deny the allegation that he used his partner and her baby to protect himself from pepper spray.

He did not enter a plea to charges of resisting arrest and escaping police custody.

 

Senior Sergeant Dan Foley said the stand-off happened about 5.30pm yesterday at a house in Waipawa.

Police went to arrest the man, who was wanted on outstanding warrants, but when they entered the house he became violent, Mr Foley said.

Police used pepper spray to "neutralise" him, at which point they said the man grabbed his one-year-old son - and his girlfriend - to use as a "shield" from the spray.

The man then allegedly barricaded himself in the house with his partner and child before making escaping the house through a window.

He was Tasered by police and arrested nearby.

The infant was discharged from Hawke's Bay regional hospital about 9pm last night.

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