Police praise young man’s actions
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.