Months in coma likely for rescuer

ELLE HUNT
GENERAL REPORTER
Last updated 05:00 30/10/2012
Peter Fisher.
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IN COMA: Martinborough volunteer firefighter Peter Fisher.

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A good Samaritan could be unconscious for months after he was brutally assaulted while doing what he did best - helping others.

Volunteer firefighter Peter Fisher, of Martinborough, is in a drug-induced coma in intensive care at Wellington Hospital after the attack early on Sunday.

He had been asked to help eject an unwanted guest from a gathering when the gatecrasher is said to have attacked him.

The man was understood to have arrived uninvited at a gathering of six teenagers in Broadway St, Senior Sergeant Brent Murray, of Wairarapa CIB, said.

The gathering, mostly of girls, was supervised and "definitely not a party". The gatecrasher, who lived nearby and was known to the group, was intoxicated, Mr Murray said.

When he refused to leave, the mother of the girl who lived there asked Mr Fisher to help remove him. An argument broke out, and Mr Fisher was attacked.

He was in a serious but stable condition at Wellington Hospital yesterday, with his parents, siblings and partner at his side.

Martinborough Volunteer Fire Brigade chief fire officer Garry Jackson visited him on Sunday and said he was a "hell of a mess".

He had received a "brutal beating" to the head, and some of his teeth had been knocked out. "He walked into a minefield."

Brother Paul Fisher, of Atawhai, Nelson, said it was not surprising that the girl's mother should have turned to his brother for help. "Everyone has got stories of what Pete has done for them."

His father, Brian, of Porirua, said his son would go the extra mile to help others. "Peter was just being a good samaritan and he ended up in ICU."

Now, he said, the family faced a waiting game of months.

Mr Fisher's mother, Noeline, thanked the Martinborough community for its support. "It's quite mind-boggling, the love there is for us and for Pete."

Milton Haira, 25, of Martinborough, appeared in Masterton District Court yesterday, charged with assault. He entered no plea and was remanded in custody to reappear next week.

Police said further charges would also be laid in relation to alleged assaults on others at the house.

Contact Elle Hunt
General reporter
Email: elle.hunt@dompost.co.nz
Twitter: @mlle_elle

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