Man kicked, beaten in attack

ANNA WILLIAMS
Last updated 06:58 13/03/2014

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A 37-year-old Blenheim man was attacked by a group of men as he was walking through the centre of Blenheim early on Sunday morning.

Phil Parish had been at a function in Blenheim on Saturday night with his wife, Sue Parish.

Mrs Parish said he left before midnight to get something to eat and then planned to go home.

She received a call from police a couple of hours later saying her husband had been assaulted and taken to Wairau Hospital.

"I assumed the worse," she said.

She went to hospital but Mr Parish had been discharged. She arrived home the same time as her husband.

"I was shocked when I first saw him," she said. "His face was really swollen and bloody."

Mr Parish had been walking along Fourth Lane, between Henry St and Seymour St, when a group of men in their 20s attacked him about 12.40am, Mrs Parish said.

"He must have been an easy target," she said.

"He was on the ground and every time he tried to get up they kept kicking and hitting him."

Police were driving past and saw the fight.

They broke it up and called an ambulance, she said.

Mr Parish had a big gash on the back of his head and needed stitches above his eye as a result of the attack. His phone was stolen.

He doesn't remember much about the assault, Mrs Parish said.

He had been drinking that night, but was more tired than drunk, she said.

A police spokeswoman could not give any information on the attack to the Express. She said it hadn't been entered in the computer system.

Mrs Parish said she was told to contact a police officer who was in charge of the case today when the officer was back at work.

She wanted the people responsible to be "named and shamed".

"They seem to be picking on vulnerable people, walking alone late at night."

"Phil's a solid guy, but it was terrible, he just couldn't get up."

Marlborough police area commander Inspector Simon Feltham told the Express in December police were concerned about the level of violence in the region after a series of assaults in public places.

A 44-year-old Blenheim man suffered serious head injuries after being assaulted in Queen St in July.

A 2013 ACC Injury Comparison Report showed 27.54 serious assaults resulting in injury per 10,000 people in Marlborough.

The national average is 23.8 per 10,000 people.

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- The Marlborough Express

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