14 Feb 2012

Not guilty pleas over Otane incident

10:08 pm on 14 February 2012

A 48-year old man shot and injured by the police in the central Hawke's Bay township of Otane last year has pleaded not guilty to all charges.

In his first appearance since the incident, David Andrew Taite, made his plea in the Christchurch District Court at the city's Nga Haue Wha marae on Tuesday.

He had been excused from previous court appearances due to his injuries.

Mr Taite, who is in a wheelchair, was transferred to Christchurch after being shot and has been receiving treatment in the spinal unit at Burwood Hospital.

He faces numerous charges including two charges of threatening to kill, two of presenting an object like a firearm, two of burglary, two of unlawfully taking a motor vehicle and one of driving in a dangerous manner.

The police say the charges arise from inquiries into an incident in which an officer was threatened while stopping a vehicle, in which Mr Taite was a passenger.

He will next appear at Dannevirke District Court on 30 March.