Vic­tims’ ac­tions earn praise

Central Leader - - News -

Po­lice are prais­ing the brav­ery of five young girls whose ev­i­dence led to a man be­ing ar­rested for in­de­cent be­hav­iour.

In the Auck­land District Court last Wed­nes­day Nilesh Mu­daliar, a 31-year-old ma­chine op­er­a­tor from Man­gere, was sen­tenced on five charges of per­form­ing an in­de­cent act in pub­lic.

The charges re­lated to in­ci­dents in Septem­ber last year and Fe­bru­ary this year. He was sen­tenced on each charge to 100 hours of com­mu­nity work and 12 months of in­ten­sive su­per­vi­sion.

Se­nior sergeant Hirone Ware­tini of the One­hunga po­lice says had the vic­tims not come for­ward, Mu­daliar may have been able to con­tinue his of­fend­ing.

“They showed calm­ness, good ob­ser­va­tion skills and no small amount of brav­ery in deal­ing with the sit­u­a­tion as they did.

“We would not have ap­pre­hended this man without their help.”

Mr Ware­tini also be­lieves that the po­lice’s re­la­tion­ship with Royal Oak In­ter­me­di­ate School con­trib­uted to the quick ap­pre­hen­sion of the of­fender.

Mr Ware­tini says any­one fac­ing a sim­i­lar sit­u­a­tion should keep calm and try to re­mem­ber as many de­tails as pos­si­ble, in­clud­ing de­scrip­tions of of­fend­ers and ve­hi­cles.

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