Otago Daily Times

Wanted man taunts police on Facebook


AUCKLAND: A fugitive whom police have been hunting for almost a month has taken to Facebook to taunt authoritie­s — laughing and telling them to ‘‘catch me if you can’’.

Police have been trying to find Mathew Kidman since October 16.

The 40yearold, who has links to the wider Wellington area and South Island, has warrants for his arrest and is considered to be dangerous.

Members of the public are warned not to approach him but to call 111 immediatel­y.

A Facebook page dubbed ‘‘Matty Kay’’ replied to a friend who had shared a wanted post put up by police in Wellington appealing to the public for informatio­n.

‘‘My word, who’s that checky [sic] fella. Bloody good looking. Lord almighty,’’ he posted.

‘‘Bahaha catch me if you can. But by golly, they [better] have [their] Agame on. There’s shoes tied tight and a decent dog aye.’’

Kidman’s page features several photos of himself posing with a brown pitbull dog.

The replies were posted three weeks ago — about the time Kidman became a wanted man.

This is not the first time Kidman has been on the run and eventually caught.

In January 2016, he removed an electronic bracelet and fled his Wellington address. He was caught five days later.

Police confirmed yesterday they were still working to locate Kidman. — The New Zealand Herald

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