Assault victim's family keep bedside vigil

ROB KIDD
Last updated 05:00 12/01/2013

Police want to speak to people who were outside Jet Bar in Auckland on December 30.

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The family of an Auckland man nearly beaten to death have spent an agonising 12 days by his bedside.

Papatoetoe man Byryn Neilson, 23, was seriously injured outside Jet Night Club on Wyndham St, central Auckland, about 3.45am on December 30 and was on life support for 10 days.

He is still recovering in Auckland City Hospital. 

Two men have been charged over the alleged attack.

Neilson's fiancee Aki Cooper, with whom he has a 16-month-old son, has been posting on Facebook to keep friends updated.

''Cant wait for the day we walk into your room and you're sitting up in your bed demanding KFC and telling us how boring it is in hospital ... baby steps are getting a little bigger,'' she posted on New Year's Day.

Yesterday, after a second man was charged in connection with Neilson's attack she wrote: ''Frustrated, mad, confused, annoyed, lost!!! There ain't a single word in the dictionary that can begin to explain how I feel!! Be strong my baby!! It's all part of your healing!! A long recovery process but that's ok.''

Neilson's friend Amanda Hufanga also turned to the site to vent her anger.

''To the coward that did this ... I hope you rot in a very dark place,'' she wrote.

Penita Tavita Lesa, 27, from Massey, appeared in the Auckland District Court on Thursday charged with causing grievous bodily harm with intent to injure and was remanded on bail to re-appear on January 31. 

Yesterday, 28-year-old bouncer Eti Naseri appeared on a charge of attempting to pervert the course of justice.

Court documents revealed he was accused of "encouraging the accused to change his appearance, leave the country and supply a fabricated story to police".

He will be back in court next month.

"This was a very serious incident where one man was set upon by others and it could well have been fatal - possibly still could - so we want to hear from anyone who can assist us with details about how the incident unfolded,'' Detective Sergeant Phil Cox said.

He said police want to speak to several witnesses who were on the footpath outside the bar and parked in vehicles nearby when the incident happened.

Footage was posted on their Facebook page.Anyone with information is asked to email tcu.ak.central@police.govt.nz, call 09 302 6656 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111

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