Police praise men's attack intervention

ALANA DIXON
Last updated 05:00 31/10/2012

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Invercargill police say an attack on a man by a group of teenagers could have proved even more serious if members of the public had not intervened.

Detective Scott MacKenzie, of the Invercargill CIB, said police were investigating the assault on a 42-year-old man at Russell Square, on the corner of Elles Rd and Balmoral Dr, in the early hours of Sunday morning.

It was believed between three and six male teenagers set upon and attacked the man, who was taken to Southland Hospital with serious facial injuries, including a broken nose and a fractured eye socket, about 2.30am, Mr MacKenzie said.

Two men who helped fight the assailants off were also injured in the assault.

One of the men who intervened was also taken to hospital and checked out, after he was bottled to the head. He also received a grazed hand in the attack, Mr MacKenzie said.

The 42-year-old man had since been released from hospital and was recovering following the assault.

"It was [a serious assault] given the number of people involved in the attack . . . who knows what would have happened if those other fellows hadn't come to his aid."

It did not appear the man knew his attackers, and his personal belongings were not stolen, Mr MacKenzie said.

He did not know why the group had attacked the man.

Anybody with information about the attack should contact the Invercargill police or the anonymous Crimestoppers hotline on 0800 555 111.

alana.dixon@stl.co.nz

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