Rol­lie Heke ap­pears in court

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Rol­lie James Heke has been re­manded with­out plea at Ro­torua District Court af­ter fac­ing three charges of at­tempt­ing to mur­der po­lice of­fi­cers.

Four ac­com­plices, who can now be named, also ap­peared on Fri­day fac­ing charges of ac­ces­sory to at­tempted mur­der af­ter the fact.

Natasha Dawn Telford, 43, Joseph Ma­nunui Long, 42, Monique Eg­gle­ton, 31, and Rangi­maria Haami, 62, all face the ac­ces­sory charges, with Eg­gle­ton also charged with pos­ses­sion of metham­phetamine.

All ap­peared via Au­dio Vis­ual Link and have been re­manded in cus­tody ahead of an ap­pear­ance at Ro­torua High Court on Septem­ber 13.

Heke, 36, spent 12 days on the run af­ter al­legedly fir­ing at three po­lice of­fi­cers with a semi­au­to­matic, mil­i­tary-style weapon on the out­skirts of Mor­rinsville, in the early hours of August 13.

Court doc­u­ments show Heke faces eight charges in to­tal - three of at­tempt­ing to mur­der a po­lice of­fi­cer, pos­ses­sion of a semi­au­to­matic firearm, pos­ses­sion of am­mu­ni­tion, fail­ure to stop and two charges of pos­ses­sion of equip­ment to man­u­fac­ture metham­phetamine.

New in­for­ma­tion in what was a fast-mov­ing man­hunt on Thurs­day led po­lice to Kain­garoa For­est to the 36-year-old who’d been on the run for al­most two weeks af­ter al­legedly fir­ing at po­lice of­fi­cers on the out­skirts of Mor­rinsville on August 13.

‘‘Our team had been do­ing a whole lot of good work and as a re­sult of a lot of anal­y­sis and in­for­ma­tion we got led to this ad­dress in Kain­garoa For­est town­ship and went there about 1.30am,’’ Waikato District Com­man­der Su­per­in­ten­dent Bruce Bird said in the wake of his ar­rest on Fri­day morn­ing.

It was clear Heke had re­ceived help to evade po­lice.

In the last two weeks po­lice had re­ceived a con­sid­er­able amount of in­for­ma­tion from the public and Bird wanted to thank all of the public who pro­vided in­for­ma­tion.

The ar­rest was a re­sult of ‘‘rep­utable and hard work’’ by a large team of po­lice of­fi­cers and Armed Of­fend­ers Squad mem­bers across the North Is­land who Bird said worked tire­lessly for the last two weeks to gain a peace­ful out­come.

‘‘It’s been a fan­tas­tic team ef­fort well sup­ported by the public.’’

CHRIS­TINE CORNEGE FAIR­FAX NZ

Po­lice at the scene of the shoot­ing on Ku­ranui Rd, Mor­rinsville.

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