Dairy owner lives in fear

Central Leader - - YOUR PAPER, YOUR PLACE - CATRIN OWEN

Lol­lipops and cig­a­rette boxes still lie scat­tered in between drops of blood on the floor of a Mt Roskill su­perette.

Just af­ter 7am on Sun­day, the Crown Su­perette was tar­geted by a group of four males and two fe­males who en­tered the shop, two armed with a base­ball bat and a crow­bar.

The of­fend­ers at­tacked two shop keep­ers be­fore leav­ing with an un­known amount cash and cig­a­rettes.

Raj Cho­pra has owned the dairy on Mel­rose Rd for nearly 17 years and re­cently handed it over to his brother-in-law who still re­mains in a sta­ble con­di­tion in hospi­tal.

‘‘They hit my brother-in-law 30 times, his arm is so badly dam­aged, there are mul­ti­ple frac­tures on his arm as he was try­ing to save him­self from the base­ball bat and iron bar.’’

‘‘He has around 10 stitches on his head, there was so much bleed­ing he was un­able to stand.’’

The vic­tim’s wife was also hos­pi­talised with mi­nor in­juries but dis­charged later the same day.

Emer­gency ser­vices re­sponded and De­tec­tive Sergeant Philip Cox said two ar­rests had been made in re­la­tion to the rob­bery.

‘‘We have charged two fe­males aged 13 and 14 with ag­gra­vated rob­bery,’’ Cox said.

Any­one with in­for­ma­tion in re­la­tion to the in­ci­dent is asked to con­tact Auck­land Po­lice on 09 302 6400.

CATRIN OWEN/FAIR­FAX NZ

Two dairy work­ers were hos­pi­talised af­ter an at­tack on Sun­day.

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