18 Jun 2013

Man in court after armed stand-off at bank

5:32 pm on 18 June 2013

The man arrested after a five-hour armed siege at an Auckland bank has been remanded in custody while a court orders more health tests.

The man was arrested at the Penrose branch of Westpac on Great South Road on Monday night after a long dialogue with police negotiators.

He is charged with unlawfully possessing an air pistol, presenting the gun at another person and detaining a person.

The man, who uses a wheelchair, was given name and detail suppression when he appeared in Auckland District Court on Tuesday afternoon. A statement he made to the court has also been suppressed.

His lawyer told the court his client was clearly unwell and had agreed to be remanded in jail while he has more tests. The results are expected at his next court appearance on 3 July.

Radio New Zealand has been told by a gun shop near the bank that a man in a wheelchair bought a gun from the store on Monday for target practice.

Police say the man never threatened anyone during the stand-off, which ended at 10pm.

During that time bank workers as well as children and staff from an early childcare centre on another floor of the building on were evacuated.