Gang member escapes custody at Auckland District Court

The Auckland District Court allowed a patched gang member to escape custody today after he said he was a different person and left the premises.

Outside the Auckland District Court on Albert Street.

File photo. Photo: RNZ / Claire Eastham-Farrelly

Police are now looking for the man by knocking on doors and watching CCTV footage.

They called for the public’s help in looking for 48-year-old William Tuitupo, who is 180 centimetres tall and of solid build with short dark hair.

He was due to appear in court at 11:30am on numerous charges, before he posed as another prisoner who was being bailed.

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