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Lower Hutt attack accused in court

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 4/10/2016

As a Lower Hutt man remains in hospital with life-threatening injuries, one of the two men accused of causing them has faced court.

Donald Georges Keepa of Avalon is accused with another man, who police are still seeking, of breaking into the Delaney Drive home of Stokes Valley man Daniel Wiari on September 26.

Additional security was brought into Hutt Valley District Court on Tuesday afternoon where Keepa, dressed in a green prison tracksuit with his long hair pulled back in a ponytail, appeared after his arrest on Monday night.

He is charged with aggravated burglary and wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm, which both carry maximum 14 year jail sentences.

Court documents allege Keepa, 36, was armed with an "unknown object as a weapon" when he entered the home and attacked Mr Wiari, also 36.

Mr Wiari is in intensive care at Wellington Hospital with life threatening injuries, including a fractured skull.

The motive behind the attack is not clear, however it's understood both Keepa and Mr Wiari are members of the Mongrel Mob.

Keepa made no application for bail and was remanded in custody until October 25.

Mr Wiari's family and police have pleaded to the public for help in locating a second 36-year-old man, also wanted over the incident.

"Police are still seeking David Haddon in relation to this matter, and information about his whereabouts would be appreciated," Detective Senior Sergeant Glen Barnett said.

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