Armed stand-off accused faces further charges

20:46, Feb 26 2013

The man at the centre of a violent domestic incident and an armed stand-off with police in Hamilton yesterday has been bailed back to his Tomin Rd home with multiple charges against his name.

Further charges are likely, Detective sergeant Daryl Smith, of the Hamilton CIB, said.

The man, believed to be in his forties, faced four charges in the Hamilton District Court yesterday afternoon - assaulting a woman using a stick as a weapon, threatening to kill his estranged partner, assault using a walking stick as a weapon and possession of five cannabis tinnies.

Mr Smith said inquiries are continuing.

Police were called to the man's home about 9am yesterday following reports of a violent domestic fight.

A young girl living in th house fled before police arrived, who forced entry into the house and were confronted by the man threatening the woman.

''When he threatened to shoot her the unarmed officers backed off to await the arrival of armed reinforcements and those officers saw the woman flee to safety a short time later.

"Reports of the man having a firearm and shots being fired appear to be incorrect with a search of the property having been completed yesterday afternoon not revealing any firearm or ammunition."

The man gave himself up shortly after the arrival of members of the Waikato Armed Offenders Squad.

"All too often domestic disputes can escalate to a point requiring Police intervention and we advise that before it gets to that stage, get out and seek help or, at the very least, tell someone about it,'' Mr Smith said.

"On average one woman is killed by her partner or ex-partner in this country every five weeks and about 10 children die in domestic violence incidents every year. There are a number of agencies dedicated to helping victims of domestic violence and the most important thing is to take that first step and ask for help."