Man charged with using false passport in Queenstown

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A Fijian man has been remanded in custody after allegedly attempting to leave New Zealand using a false passport.

Queenstown police say the man, 43, tried to board a plane to Australia at Queenstown Airport on Sunday afternoon at 4pm.

“Apparently when he fronted at the airport, he was wearing a hat, glasses and a scarf,” senior constable Chris Blackford says.

“He’s produced a passport that has allegedly been dishonestly obtained. It’s an Australian passport.

“He’s Fijian but the name on the passport is a very Anglo European name.

“There was a warrant out for his arrest in relation to a charge of wounding with intent in Auckland.”

The man, who works as a welder according to court documents, was remanded in custody by a registrar at Queenstown District Court this afternoon (Monday). 

The man is charged with possessing an Australian passport obtained by false representation. He was due to be transferred to Invercargill Prison. His next court appearance is scheduled for April 28.

Blackford says the man is allegedly in New Zealand illegally after having already been deported to Fiji once.

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