Vi­cious as­sault in Mun­gavin Ave

Kapi-Mana News - - FRONT PAGE - NEIL RATLEY

One of two broth­ers vi­ciously as­saulted in a ran­dom at­tack in Porirua was in an in­duced coma for sev­eral days.

The 47-year-old man and his brother were ran­domly at­tacked in Mun­gavin Ave while re­turn­ing from a Christ­mas party about 3am on Sun­day, De­cem­ber 6.

Both broth­ers were rushed to Welling­ton Hos­pi­tal with head in­juries af­ter a mem­ber of the pub­lic called the po­lice.

Porirua act­ing de­tec­tive se­nior sergeant Peter Mid­dle­miss said the man was placed in an in­duced coma, put on life sup­port and un­der­went surgery to re­move a clot on his brain.

He was brought out of the coma later in the week.

His 34-year-old brother was re­leased later on the Sun­day of the in­ci­dent with se­ri­ous bruis­ing to his head, legs and body.

On Tues­day, De­cem­ber 8, night po­lice searched the area with the help of 20 re­cruits from the Royal New Zealand Po­lice Col­lege.

No ar­rests had been made and the in­ves­ti­ga­tion was con­tin­u­ing, Mid­dle­miss said.

‘‘We are get­ting a good re­sponse from mem­bers of the pub­lic and are be­gin­ning to paint a pic­ture of what hap­pened,’’ he said.

It ap­peared the broth­ers were con­fronted by a ‘‘de­cent sized’’ group of peo­ple be­fore be­ing set upon.

CCTV footage from the Porirua train sta­tion and at the Mun­gavin shops was be­ing looked at.

Pink mark­ings left by foren­sic in­ves­ti­ga­tors showed where the broth­ers fell.

One out­line was in the mid­dle of the road, the other on the grassy verge.

Cafe staff from Ranui Vil­lage Cof­fee and Break­fast said po­lice had been in the area sev­eral times and had asked to view their CCTV footage.

A cafe staff mem­ber said her hus­band had heard shout­ing dur­ing the early hours of the Sun­day morn­ing.

His flat is a few me­tres from where the broth­ers were at­tacked.

‘‘He said he heard yelling and then ‘stop hit­ting him or you will kill him’,’’ she said.

Porirua East­ern ward coun­cil­lor Litea Ah Hoi said the in­ci­dent was ‘‘sad and dis­ap­point­ing’’ but ‘‘out of the or­di­nary’’.

Po­lice mark­ings in­di­cate where the at­tack took place in Mun­gavin Ave.

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