Skate­board­ers at­tack

Central Leader - - News - By Janie Smith

TWO MEN were in­jured by teenagers wield­ing skate­boards in what po­lice call a vile and cow­ardly at­tack.

The vic­tims, aged 75 and 57, were at­tacked while wait­ing to catch a bus at the One­hunga trans­port cen­tre on Au­gust 1 at 11.40pm.

A 20-year-old Mt Welling- ton man has been ar­rested in re­la­tion to the at­tack.

The three skate­board­ers got off an arriving bus, says se­nior sergeant Hirone Ware­tini.

The older man says he was get­ting on board when he turned around and saw his friend be­ing con­fronted by two of the boys, while the third skated down the road.

He got off the bus to come to his friend’s aid, while the third teen re­turned.

Po­lice be­lieve the two youths hit the 57-year-old with their skate­boards, while he held up his hands to fend them off.

As the vic­tims tried to board the bus to es­cape, the 75-year-old was struck on the left side of his head with a skate­board. The two men man­aged to es­cape on the bus.

The 75-year-old man was treated for se­vere bruis­ing to his eye and head, while his friend had cuts and bruises to his arms and hands.

Mr Ware­tini says the in­juries could have been much worse. “The prin­ci­pal thug can con­sider him­self lucky that the blow he in­flicted on the vic­tim’s head did not lead to much more se­ri­ous and tragic re­sults.”

The 20-year-old is due to ap­pear in the Auck­land District Court to­day charged with two counts of as­sault with a weapon.

Any­one with in­for­ma­tion should call the One­hunga po­lice on 634-1064.

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