22 Dec 2010

Attempted murder charge laid over machete attack

3:45 pm on 22 December 2010

A charge of attempted murder has been added to charges against two teenagers following a machete attack on a police officer.

Senior Constable Bruce Mellor was attacked when he stopped a stolen car near Taihape early on 11 December. He suffered multiple skull and facial fractures and cuts, and lost part of his hand.

On Wednesday an 18-year-old man and a 14-year-old youth made their second appearance in the Whanganui Youth Court to face charges related to the incident.

The 18-year-old has been named as Japhet Joseph Simiona. The 14-year-old has name suppression.

Neither entered any plea to the charges and both were remanded in custody until their next court appearance on 12 January.

The pair are also charged with the unlawful taking of a motor vehicle and the attempted arson of a vehicle.