Auckland swordswoman tasered by police

A west Auckland woman who allegedly threatened police with a samurai sword last night presented "a sad and sorry sight" in the cells today after she was felled by a Taser stun gun, say police.

The 32-year-old was believed to be drunk or on drugs when she allegedly tried to smash windows in a Henderson mall about 7pm, said Sergeant Brian Leslie of Henderson police.

She was tasered and overpowered after allegedly refusing to put the sword down and threatening police, he said.

The woman was very dejected in the cells this morning after she sobered up, Mr Leslie said.

She is due in Waitakere District Court today facing several charges, including possession of an offensive weapon, disorderly behaviour likely to cause violence and assault.

The woman was assessed by a mental health team overnight and declared fit to go to court, Mr Leslie said.

No-one was hurt in last night's incident.

Mr Leslie said samurai swords were relatively common in west Auckland but most tended to be ornamental rather than the real thing.




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