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Jury loses member in police shooting trial

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 6/03/2017

© Getty A jury member has been dismissed on the second day of the trial of a Bay of Plenty man accused of shooting four police officers near Kawerau last year.

Justice Timothy Brewer dismissed the woman because she knew one of the police officers involved in the 22-hour siege, who would be giving evidence during the trial.

The jury now comprises seven women and four men who will examine the evidence against Rhys Warren.

He has pleaded not guilty to two counts of attempted murder, one charge of wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm and three counts of using a firearm against a law enforcement officer.

Justice Brewer has allowed Warren to have a McKenzie friend to assist him with his defence following a lengthy hearing this morning.

The assistant was kicked out of court on Monday for refusing to stand when the judge was leaving the court but was granted permission on Tuesday morning after apologising for his actions.

The trial is set down for three weeks.

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