Tas­man at­tacker said fame was ‘funny’

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Tala­maivao for years, and he moved in with her fol­low­ing his re­turn to Auck­land.

Po­lice con­firmed a 47-year-old man has been charged with male as­saults fe­male and as­sault with in­tent to in­jure.

It’s at least the third time Tala­maivao has faced court for do­mes­tic vi­o­lence.

In Au­gust 2016, the scaf­folder was ar­rested in Queens­land and charged with as­sault and con­tra­ven­tion of a do­mes­tic vi­o­lence or­der. The or­der re­lated to an ear­lier in­ci­dent in­volv­ing his then-part­ner.

His visa was also re­voked, but his pass­port was not con­fis­cated, mean­ing he was able to flee Aus­tralia be­fore fac­ing court.

New Zealand po­lice said they were yet to re­ceive any re­quest for as­sis­tance from Queens­land, where extradition pro­ceed­ings were be­ing con­sid­ered.

The man who was at­tacked along with his sis­ter on Good Fri­day said Tala­maivao boasted he was fa­mous fol­low­ing me­dia cov­er­age of the Queens­land at­tack.

‘‘He al­most thought it was funny,’’ the man said

When con­tacted in March, Tala­maivao in­sisted he was in­no­cent of the Queens­land as­sault.

‘‘I wasn’t given the chance to prove my case, but it is what it is,’’ he said in a text mes­sage.

Tala­maivao ac­knowl­edged that he was ar­rested on Good Fri­day but did not want to elab­o­rate on the in­ci­dent when con­tacted.

He is set to ap­pear at the Manukau Dis­trict Court on May 16.

Peato Tala­maivao is al­leged to have as­saulted peo­ple in Aus­tralia and, above, New Zealand.

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