Mystery attacker leaves schoolboy battered and bruised

TALIA SHADWELL
Last updated 05:00 11/02/2014

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A Porirua schoolboy closed his eyes, covered his head with his forearms and hoped for mercy as blows rained down in a "cowardly" daylight bashing that left him in hospital with cracked ribs.

The 13-year-old Porirua College student did not get a good look at the mystery attacker, who sneaked up on him from behind as he walked down an alleyway between the college and Maraeroa School in Cannons Creek after school on Friday.

Police are appealing for information on the attack, in which the boy was beaten and kicked around the chest and stomach, shortly before 4pm.

The boy told police he cowered on the ground with his arms over his head and his eyes closed.

He fled as soon as the beating was over and was taken to Wellington Hospital, where he spent the weekend undergoing treatment for cracked ribs and heavy bruising to his torso.

Scans showed there was no damage to internal organs but he would need at least a week off school to recover, his shocked mother said.

"Whoever did it got a few shots in and actually really hurt him.

"I think once he got the chance to run he went for it and he ran, he just got out of there."

She did not know why he was targeted. "He has a bubbly sense of humour, and he just wants to play and go to school with his friends."

She is calling for the attacker to come forward.

"It was a cowardly act. Think about it - how would your mum feel if that happened to you?"

The family had endured a rough week, she said, after a fire ripped through their home last week, causing extensive smoke damage.

Porirua College principal Susanne Jungersen condemned the attack and said the school would work with police to ensure the attacker was held to account.

"What an awful and very cowardly attack," she said.

"I think it's terrible and particularly bad when we expect children to be safe walking home from school."

Detective Sergeant Dave Jones, of Porirua, urged anyone with information to come forward.

Witnesses could contact Porirua police station at 04 238 1438 or leave details anonymously on the Crimestoppers reporting line, 0800 555 111.

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