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Man forgotten in Masterton court cell

A man was left in the court cells in Masterton over the weekend after being forgotten following a bail appearance on Saturday.

It wasn’t until two days later on Monday morning that the man was discovered by Police and court staff.

He appeared in court on Saturday morning on a breach of bail charge and was granted bail by the sitting Justice of the Peace.

Wairarapa Police Area Commander Inspector Donna Howard said the man was “immediately seen by a doctor and then returned home to his family”.

“The priority is to determine how this happened and to continue to support the man and his family,” she said.

“Police have apologised to the man and his family for the distress caused.

“We are working with the Ministry of Justice and Police have also referred the matter to the Independent Police Conduct Authority.”

Police have commenced internal investigations.

More information will be in tomorrow’s edition of the Wairarapa Times-Age.



  1. He should be discharged with out conviction and compensated. The cops must have been to busy going to all these burglaries that’ve been going on…. NOT….Or wasting time and money flying around trying to find cannabis plants. Free the WEED and create jobs and revenue from Medical Marijuana and the tourist that would come here wanting to try NZ Green, plus it would go a long way in stopping the Domestic Violence in this country.

  2. oopsie. poor chap, what about food and water for him, was there a loo for him… guess things can happen from time to time.. worrying for his family not knowing where he was or what happened to him.

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Emily Ireland
Emily Ireland
Emily Ireland is Wairarapa’s Local Democracy Reporter, a Public Interest Journalism role funded through NZ On Air. Emily has worked at the Wairarapa Times-Age for seven years and has a keen interest in council decision-making and transparency.

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