13 Sep 2013

Beaten officer discharged from hospital

6:30 pm on 13 September 2013

An officer beaten unconscious in an attack in South Auckland last week was discharged from hospital on Friday.

Police say Sergeant Simon Tate was attacked after he pulled a car over in Otara on Saturday night and repeatedly kicked and punched, suffering serious head and upper body injuries.

They say he had surgery this week on the most serious of his injuries and will continue to recover at home. He may still need

They say further facial operations may still be needed.

On Monday, Walter Tauatevalu, 36, appeared at the Manukau District Court charged with attempted murder, and two counts of assault against a woman.

He will reappear in the High Court at Auckland later this month.