Po­lice praise young man’s ac­tions

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Po­lice are prais­ing a young man for his ‘‘gutsy’’ ac­tions af­ter he stepped in and stopped an attack on a Mt Roskill woman.

The 26-year-old saw the woman in a car out­side her house at 8.45pm on May 7. She was be­ing punched by a man through the open driver’s win­dow.

The good sa­mar­i­tan con­fronted the at­tacker and man­aged, with the help of neigh­bours, to de­tain him till po­lice ar­rived.

Po­lice say the woman knew her at­tacker.

De­tec­tive Se­nior Sergeant An­drew Fabish says the young man was checked for a hand in­jury but was oth­er­wise un­scathed. The woman was treated in hos­pi­tal for her in­juries.

‘‘We’re grate­ful they were less se­ri­ous than they could have been had the young man not in­ter­vened.

‘‘We are heart­ened to know that peo­ple are pre­pared to as­sist neigh­bours or even strangers who clearly in dis­tress.’’

A 33-year-old North Shore man ap­peared in the Auck­land Dis­trict Court on May 8 charged with as­sault, in­jur­ing and con­tra­ven­ing a pro­tec­tion or­der.

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