Victims’ actions earn praise
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.