Alleged dairy attacker appears in court

The attacker caught on camera (supplied)
The attacker caught on camera (supplied)

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The man accused of a "vicious" aggravated robbery of a Papatoetoe dairy that was caught on camera has been remanded in custody.

James McCull Lawrie, 34, faces 15 charges of aggravated robbery in Auckland and Waikato.

On July 7 he allegedly beat a dairy worker in an attack police described as one of the worst they'd ever seen. The attack, captured on CCTV, lasted 41 seconds. His victim lay on the ground, defenceless.

"It's a very brutal assault on a lone shopkeeper. It's vicious," Detective Inspector Fa'amanuia Va'aelua of Counties Manukau police said last week.

"Blow after blow as the victim was on the floor - it was unnecessary."

The owner of the shop says despite the brutal nature of the beating, he didn't suffer serious injuries.

Other shops Lawrie is accused of robbing include dairies in Manurewa, Pt Chevalier and Otahuhu.

He will reappear in court on August 16.