Cop basher admits assault
A Rotorua man who called the police to his house before using a tomahawk to knock a police officer unconscious - causing an open skull fracture - has pleaded guilty to a lesser charge.
Arch Arthur Bo Harvey, 25, was initially charged with attempted murder but entered a guilty plea to the reduced charge of grievous bodily harm and was convicted at the High Court in Rotorua on Wednesday.
Harvey attacked the officer after police attended a domestic violence call on July 20.
In a bizarre twist the police summary of facts revealed that it was Harvey that called the police to the Te Ngae Rd residence.
The call was made at 11.52pm from Harvey’s property where a family birthday party had been taking place since 3pm.
‘‘He told the 111 call operator his address, however he did not say what was happening there or why he wanted police assistance,’’ the summary said.
‘‘He simply said ‘ wait’ and ‘listen’ and it appears he then holds the phone up for the operator to hear what is occurring in the background. Voices can be heard but no detail.’’
A police car was dispatched to the address, arriving approximately two minutes later when the two officers found a man and woman on the driveway.
The woman had a bleeding nose and told officers the man had assaulted her.
One officer arrested and hand cuffed the man who began struggling when being escorted to the police car.
Harvey became aware that the police were at his house and picked up the tomahawk and approached the officer from behind.
‘‘The defendant swung the tomahawk, striking the Constable once to the back of the head, immediately knocking him unconscious.’’
Harvey then fled to the Te Ngae shopping centre, hid the tomahawk in some shrubs and removed his clothing.
‘‘He then climbed onto the roof of a nearby kindergarten, where he proceeded to watch other police arrive, tend to the Constable, and search for him. He remained hidden on the roof for several hours until he saw all the attending officers had left.’’
Harvey was arrested the next night at his home. He will be sentenced on December 11.
‘‘The defendant swung the tomahawk, striking the Constable once to the back of the head.’’
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