Police warn Coromandel fugitive should not be appraoched

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MIL OSI – Source: New Zealand Police – Police warn Coromandel fugitive should not be approached.

Monday, 23 March 2015 – 1:52pm

Waikato Police searching for an offender on the run from the Coromandel warn he is dangerous and should not be approached and highlight that anyone aiding him to avoid capture is likely to face charges as well.

Detective Chris Cummings of the Ngaruawahia CIB said 37-year-old Rodney George MARTEL had been on electronic bail in Coromandel township while awaiting sentencing in relation to methamphetamine manufacturing and supply charges.

“MARTEL was due to appear in the Hamilton District Court for sentencing on 12 March but cut off his ankle bracelet the day before and failed to appear in court.

“As a result he is now wanted on 19 warrants to arrest in relation to breaching court bail, firearms and drug manufacturing, possession and supply charges.”

A male Caucasian of medium build and about 173cm tall, MARTEL is known to have links throughout the Auckland, Waikato and Coromandel areas.

“MARTEL has a history of drug use and possession of firearms and is currently assessed by Police as being a person who is dangerous and should not be approached.

“Anyone aiding MARTEL while he is unlawfully at large needs to be aware that by doing so they make themselves liable for the offence of being an accessory after the fact. Police urge anyone who sights MARTEL not to approach him but instead ring 111.”

Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to contact Mr CUMMINGS at the Ngaruawahia Police Station on 07 211 7291, your anonymity will be respected.

Alternatively, information can be left anonymously with the independent Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

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Selwyn Manning, BCS (Hons.) MCS (Hons.) is an investigative political journalist with 23 years media experience. He specializes in reportage and analysis of socioeconomics, politics, foreign affairs, and security/intelligence issues. Selwyn has extensive experience as a commentator and has provided live political analysis to a wide range of television and radio organizations broadcasting in New Zealand, Australia and globally including the BBC (Five Live, London) and BBC (World Service). He is currently a correspondent to Australia's FiveAA radio, and is a regular live-on-air panelist on Radio New Zealand's The Panel with broadcaster Jim Mora.

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