Bitten man makes return to court

Barney Terauaroha Te Hau, 39, appeared in the Hamilton District Court on Friday.
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Barney Terauaroha Te Hau, 39, appeared in the Hamilton District Court on Friday.

A man who spent six months on the run from police was showing the scars of the end of his days of freedom on Friday afternoon.

A shirtless Barney Terauaroha Te Hau, 39, was sporting a large bandage the length of one arm and another on his back when he appeared in the Hamilton District Court after a close encounter with a police dog during his arrest.

Following a tip-off, police found Te Hau on Wednesday hiding in a bedroom inside a house in Morrinsville. He suffered bite wounds from a police dog and had to be taken to a Hamilton medical clinic.

He 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, and the case had to be adjourned for a day.

He faces a raft of charges including reckless driving, failing to stop for police, driving while disqualified, unlawfully taking a motor vehicle and willful damage.

New charges of 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 were laid against him on Thursday.

Te Hau's counsel Shaam Bhardwaj asked for a four-week remand in custody without plea on all matters and this was granted by Judge David Wilson QC. 

He will be back in court via audio-visual link on November 9.

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