Man charged with using false passport

A man trying to leave for Australia was stopped at Queenstown Airport yesterday and charged with using a false passport.

The 43-year-old, listed as a welder from Auckland in court documents, is now being held in police custody and has no made application for bail.

It is understood he will be transferred to Invercargill Prison and is scheduled to appear in court on April 28.

Court documents show the man also faces a charge of assault with intent to injure in relation to an incident in August last year in which a man was punched in the head and ribs.