Bitten man's court appearance delayed so he can undergo surgery
A man who eluded police for the past six months has eluded his initial court appearance by a day.
Barney Terauaroha Te Hau was captured on Wednesday at a home in Morrinsville with the help of a police dog.
The 39 year old, who has been known to wear blond wigs as a disguise, spent six months on the run from police, giving them the slip on at least twice.
Following a tip-off, police found Te Hau hiding in a bedroom inside the Morrinsville house. He suffered some bite wounds on his arm from the police dog during his arrest and had to be taken to a Hamilton medical clinic to be treated.
Te Hau had his case called in the Hamilton District Court on Thursday afternoon, but he was in Waikato Hospital at the time, having undergone surgery for the dog bites.
He faces four charges: Male assaults female, two breaches of a protection order, and entering Waharoa Primary School without authority and with the intent to commit an imprisonable offence.
Lawyer Louis Wilkins had visited Te Hau in hospital and he had consented to be remanded in custody and without plea to next appear on Friday afternoon.