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Auckland prisoner charged with wounding alleged escapee Te Ariki Poulgrain

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A prisoner has been charged with wounding Te Ariki Poulgrain, an inmate who allegedly escaped custody for 10 weeks in 2021.

Poulgrain had been serving time at Auckland Prison in Paremoremo when he allegedly escaped from a central Auckland medical facility on June 30.

He was arrested in Ōtara on September 11.

Another prisoner, Tyson Rukuwai Te Tomo​, 24, has now been charged with wounding Poulgrain with intent to injure him in prison on December 8.

Te Tomo was due to appear at the North Shore District Court on Thursday, however his representative lawyer Maddie Dempsey said his release from prison had not been sought.

The matter was rescheduled for March 3 via audio-visual link.

Following his arrest, Poulgrain was charged with escaping custody and being in possession of a firearm.

He pleaded not guilty to the firearm charge but is yet to enter a plea for the escaping custody charge.

He will next appear in court on March 24.

At the time of his alleged escape, Poulgrain was being taken to a scheduled appointment at the Auckland University optometry clinic.

He was still wearing handcuffs at the time.

The incident sparked a massive manhunt. Officers scoured CCTV to piece together his movements, searching the city and deploying the police Eagle helicopter.

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