25 Sep 2014

Shooting accused under police watch

4:22 pm on 25 September 2014

A lawyer has revealed a man accused of shooting at police and hijacking cars in Bay of Plenty is facing similar charges in Auckland and was under police surveillance.

Donny Falakoa is facing 15 charges, including assault with intent to rob and using a firearm against police after the Tauranga incident in July.

In the Tauranga District Court this morning Mr Falakoa's lawyer, Tony Rickard-Simms, said a further 13 charges had been laid this week in Manukau for similar offences.

He said the events are alleged to have occurred in the lead-up to the Tauranga incident.

Mr Rickard-Simms said Mr Falakoa appeared to have been under police surveillance at the time.

Mr Falakoa is expected to enter a plea when he next appears in Manukau in October.