A prisoner who escaped from an Auckland jail has appeared in court, shackled and flanked by guards.
Aaron Forden, 30, was at large for eight days after breaking out of the Mt Eden Corrections facility last Monday.
He was caught in Silverdale, north of Auckland, on Monday night.
Forden appeared in the Auckland District Court with his wrists handcuffed to his belt and a guard standing either side of him.
He entered no plea to one charge of escaping from prison and was remanded in custody until 9 November.
He will appear on other outstanding matters in Whangarei District Court on Tuesday.