Man arrested after two-hour police standoff pleads guilty

Armed police were called to Carrington St in New Plymouth on September 5, 2016.

Armed police were called to Carrington St in New Plymouth on September 5, 2016.

A man arrested after a two-hour stand off with armed police has pleaded guilty to charges connected to the call-out.

Shayne Edward Hetekia Behan-Kitto appeared via audio visual link from Whanganui prison on Tuesday.

During his appearance in the New Plymouth District Court, he pleaded guilty to four charges, which were all committed in September 2016.

It took two hours for police to take Shayne Behan-Kitto into custody last September. On Tuesday he pleaded guilty to ...
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It took two hours for police to take Shayne Behan-Kitto into custody last September. On Tuesday he pleaded guilty to four charges.

On September 2, he breached a protection order by refusing to leave a New Plymouth address when asked. He also assaulted his partner by placing his hand over the woman's mouth and nose.

Three days later, Behan-Kitto breached the protection order again when he psychologically abused the victim.

He also entered a Carrington St property, which resulted in a burglary charge being laid. 

Behan-Kitto was arrested on September 5 following a two-hour stand off with armed officers at the Carrington St address.

The Waitara man had previously pleaded not guilty to the charges and elected trial by jury.

A charge of aggravated burglary will be withdrawn when Behan-Kitto is sentenced on May 16.

Judge Chris Sygrove also referred the case to restorative justice.

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