Whangamata assault victim sought, helper injured

A 22-year-old man was attacked when he went to help the victim.

A 22-year-old man was attacked when he went to help the victim.

A Hamilton man who tried to break up an assault in Whangamata ended up being punched, knocked to the ground and robbed. It's not known what happened to the first man assaulted. 

The 22-year-old man intervened when he saw the man being attacked by two other men near the intersection of Ocean Road and Barbara Avenue.

Police are seeking more information on the assault, which happened about 1.30am on Tuesday, December 29, in Whangamata. 

The 22-year-old Good Samaritan was a holidaymaker from Hamilton who came across the scene on foot, Detective Senior Sergeant Andrew Mortimore said.

He'd had two pieces of clothing, including a hat, stolen in the attack.

The incident was reported at the time and the Hamilton man had spoken to police about it, Mortimore said.

But police want to speak to the first man attacked to get more information, as they didn't have a complaint from him or even know who he was.


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Mortimore said the 22 year old did not want to speak to media about the incident, Mortimer said.
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The man was turned on by at least one of the attackers and received minor injuries, Mortimore said. Little was known about the other victim, including what injuries he might have suffered.

"We don't know what's happened to him, where he's gone."

Holidaymakers staying near the scene of the assault were woken by shouting. They understood a neighbour had gone out.

"Someone said, have some respect for the locals," said one of the holidaymakers, who didn't want to be named.

The group also heard someone being told to say sorry, and then an apology. 
"It was certainly a bit scary," said one of the group. "What's going to happen next?"

But they couldn't see anything from the house where they were staying.
Anyone who can identify the victim of the first attack or has other information about the incident is asked to contact the Whangamata Police at (07) 865 0300 or leave the information anonymously through Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

 - Stuff


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