Teen arrested over assault on veteran

17:00, Aug 15 2014

A Stratford teenager has been arrested for a serious attack on a man.

The July 12 assault of the 66-year-old is linked with a complaint made by Whakaahurangi Marae kaumatua to the Independent Police Complaints Authority (IPCA) last month.

That complaint relates to concerns elders had about the way two Stratford police officers entered the Celia St marae about 2am in pursuit of a suspect in the assault.

Police woke the 25 children, aged between 4-17 years, who were staying at the marae on a school holiday programme.

The assault was committed in the same area as the marae but no suspects were found at the time.

Yesterday, Senior Sergeant Darin Haenga, of Stratford, said a 19-year-old male had been arrested on Thursday in connection with the assault.

He said although the teenager was known to some at the marae, he was not connected to the group.

The teen has been charged with assault with intent to injure and is due to appear in the Hawera District Court on Tuesday.

An IPCA spokeswoman said a discussion had since taken place between marae representatives and police, along with a representative from the authority, who is monitoring agreements made.

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