8 Oct 2012

Escaper remains on the run

2:35 pm on 8 October 2012

Police have renewed an appeal for help from the public to find a man who escaped from the Whakatane District Court last week.

Mana Justin Tangitutu, 27, escaped from custody on 3 October after being sentenced to four months in prison for family violence.

Police have been looking for him in Kawerau and Opotiki.

They say he has a very distinctive appearance, with a with a distinctive full facial tattoo with the word 'Mongrel' above his upper lip.

The public is warned not to approach him.