12 Apr 2011

Hunt for prisoner who fled Nelson courthouse

6:20 pm on 12 April 2011

Police are searching for a prisoner who escaped from the Nelson courthouse on Tuesday.

Hayden James Rangihuna tricked court staff by claiming he was someone else who had been granted bail, police say.

Rangihuna, 24, had been in custody facing numerous charges before he ran off.

Police are appealing for any sightings of Rangihuna, who is described as a thin Maori man and of average height.

He has a distinctive tattoo with the words "And what" in red ink on the side of his neck.