Suppression continues over alleged police shooting

Suppression orders surrounding a 24-year-old being shot in the face by police have been continued in a bail application appearance in the Christchurch District Court.

A reporter raised the issue of the suppression order on the details of the case issued by Justices of the Peace at the request of the police when the man made his first appearance at a Waitangi Day court sitting.

The issuing of the order has not yet been argued in detail. The man had been remanded in custody until today for a bail application to be heard by a judge.

After hearing the media’s views, Judge Jane McMeeken continued the suppression of the name of the man shot, and the facts of the shooting, and told police prosecutor Aja Trinder that the reasons had to be clarified at the man’s next appearance in court.

The man was taken to hospital with a wound in his cheek, and released later in the day on February 4.

Media published a photograph of the car at the scene of the shooting which had at least six holes in it, including one in the windscreen.

Judge McMeeken refused bail and remanded the man in continued custody until March 9.

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