10 Mar 2016

Kawerau siege: Accused appears in court

5:02 pm on 10 March 2016

The man alleged to be at the centre of an intense stand-off with police near Kawerau has appeared in court.

Rhys Richard Ngahiwi Warren appeared at the Whakatane District Court, accused of four charges of using a firearm against four different police officers.

The 27-year-old wore a police blue boiler suite and was handcuffed. He had his head bowed as members of his family looked on from the public gallery.

The charges carry a maximum penalty of 14 years in prison.

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Judge Rollo remanded Mr Warren in custody. He is due to next appear at the Rotorua District Court on 24 March.

The names of the four police officers wounded in the incident have been suppressed.

One of the wounded police officers is in a serious but stable condition in Waikato Hospital, while another is stable. They were due to be operated on today.

The siege ended this morning when Mr Warren surrendered to police after the liaison officer, Inspector Warwick Morehu, entered the house where he had been holed up.

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