28 Jul 2010

Pair charged with seriously assaulting officer

3:28 pm on 28 July 2010

A man and a woman have been remanded in custody after a brief court appearance in Hastings on a charge of aggravated wounding of a police officer.

Police say Community Constable Alan Daly was assaulted in the township of Clive on Tuesday afternoon after he stopped a vehicle carrying two people suspected of a shoplifting spree in Napier.

Mr Daly was treated in Hawke's Bay hospital for a fractured eye socket and a possible broken nose, and has been discharged.

Joy Leaf, 30, and Lance Pirini, 31, both of Auckland, are charged with aggravated wounding, stealing a car and with theft over an unrelated incident in Taupo.

They are remanded in custody until the end of September.