After five weeks hidden in the New Zealand bush, James Matthew Bryant surrendered this Thursday. The 32-year-old fugitive even chartered a helicopter to take him to Dunedin, where he reported to the police station, reports theOtago Daily Times. The 30-year-old exchanged a few words with journalists before entering and being calmly arrested by a police officer, according to a video broadcast by New Zealand media Stuff. He was wanted for “violence with dangerous negligence”, “possession of a bladed weapon”, “absence from trial” and three facts of “harmful digital communication”.
Five weeks of relaxation and yoga
The suspect explained that he had ordered and paid for the helicopter himself so as not to force the state to spend public money. He said he contacted his lawyer and chose to surrender for fear of being seen as a dangerous runaway. He wanted to prevent the police from “running into him with guns or something.”
His lawyer managed to negotiate an arrest without violence. The New Zealander said he was hiding “in the middle of nowhere” near Waianakarua, where he said he had a great time.
James Matthew Bryant even said he practiced yoga a lot during his run. “It doesn’t really show,” he quipped, showing his figure. The respondent is currently on parole in Dunedin.