Mother wants prosecution over train attack on teens

Video showed men masked and dressed in Mr Four Square costumes apparently attacking two teens on a train from Auckland's ...
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Video showed men masked and dressed in Mr Four Square costumes apparently attacking two teens on a train from Auckland's Britomart to Avondale on Saturday.

The mother of a teen allegedly assaulted on a train by a group of masked men said those responsible should be prosecuted.

Five men wearing Mr Four Square masks were caught on camera attacking two teens on a train between Britomart and Henderson on Saturday.

Jenny de Montalk said her daughter's friend was choked by one of the men to the point he could not breathe.

Video filmed by a passenger showed one of the men from the group holding one of the victims with one arm before being punched.

READ MORE: Teens attacked onboard Auckland train by group of Mr Four Square men

Police on Friday said two men had come forward and were helping police with inquiries over Saturday's incident.

Three further men had been identified, and police were yet to speak to them. No charges had been laid and inquiries were continuing.

de Montalk said on Friday she was pleased two men had come forward in relation to the incident.

"[Two] have come forward, I think it's a really good step, but it is a crime they should be prosecuted for," de Montalk said.

The masked men also allegedly used homophobic slurs.

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Speaking generally she said it was "unacceptable, you just can't go out on the weekend and beat-up some gays and sexually harass kids."

"I also want to talk to the kids [attacked] and know what they would like to happen."

de Montalk's daughter was "doing OK" now.

"She's pretty overwhelmed by what happened, it's still sinking in but I think she's alright."

 - Stuff

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