A police officer who was attacked during a traffic stop in
south Auckland on Saturday night has been released from
Sergeant Simon Tate was punched, kicked and had his head
stomped after stopping a vehicle in Otara.
Mr Tate was released from Middlemore Hospital today and would
continue his recovery at home, police said in a statement.
He had surgery this week and may still require further
operations on his facial fractures.
"Police are very pleased with the speed at which he has
recovered from his brutal injuries sustained in the weekend
and news of his discharge from hospital was met with relief
by friends and colleagues," the statement said.
Mr Tate had received messages of support and visits from a
wide range of people including the sheriff's department in
Waushara County, Wisconsin, local politicians and the Police
Commissioner Peter Marshall.
Mr Tate and his partner, Constable Lisa Ross, wished to thank
the public, the police and hospital staff for their support.
"We've been well supported by everyone this week and we're
really thankful that Simon is recovering well," Ms Ross said.
Mr Tate was attacked from behind while performing a routine
vehicle stop. Continuous blows rendered him unconscious on
the ground, at which point his attacker continued the
Walter George Tauatevalu, 36, has been charged with attempted
murder and two charges of male assaults female in connection
with the incident.