22 Jun 2020

Massey police shooting: Accused appears in court

11:11 am on 22 June 2020

A woman charged with being an accessory to the alleged murder of Constable Matthew Hunt has appeared in court.

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Photo: RNZ / Claire Eastham-Farrelly

Hunt was killed and another police officer shot in the leg during a routine traffic stop in Massey on Friday.

The shooting triggered a large manhunt in West Auckland that ended with the arrests of a man and woman.

A 24-year-old man, who has interim name suppression, has been charged with murder, attempted murder and dangerous driving.

His alleged co-offender, a 30-year-old woman, appeared in the Waitākere District Court for the first time this morning.

Judge Brandt Shortland refused to grant the defendant name suppression but her identity is now suppressed after her defence lawyer Marie Taylor-Cyphers indicated the decision may be appealed to the High Court.

Addressing the defendant directly, the judge told her the high-profile case had been caught in the "midst of a media storm".

He said many details of the case had already been well-publicised and, "like feathers in the wind, it's very difficult to put all those back".

Judge Shortland remanded the woman, who had several supporters in the public gallery, in custody to next appear in the high court on 8 July.

The surviving police officer and a pedestrian hit by a car during the incident are both recovering in hospital.