Good dog

The best way to deal with dodgy ratbags is to let police dogs chew on them.

An armed robbery trial witness appeared at court bloodied and bandaged after a police dog had ensured he would attend at the Christchurch Court House.

“I don’t want to be here, eh?” said Rau Tongia, at the trial of two men charged with the armed robbery of the Sideline Sports Bar in Stanmore Road on November 7, 2012. 

Crown prosecutor Kathy Bell asked him: “It would be fair to say that a police dog may have had some involvement in getting your attendance here at court?

Tongia replied: “Looks like it, yes.”

He had bandages on his arms and hands, and many blood spots on his clothing.

He also said he did not want to say anything that would incriminate himself.


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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet. Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet and, as a result, he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist who takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him, you can’t ignore him.

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