Armed youths ar­rested


Far North dairy own­ers have fought off teenagers armed with a ma­chete, sword, and a ham­mer, in a vi­o­lent in­ci­dent in Kaikohe.

Ra­jesh Pa­tel, was sit­ting be­hind the counter of the Tui Su­perette, on the main street of Kaikohe, when four male teenagers en­tered the store, around 8.40pm on Septem­ber 4.

A to­tal of five of­fend­ers, aged 15 to 17, have been ar­rested and charged with ag­gra­vated rob­bery and have ap­peared be­fore the Kaikohe Youth Court, act­ing sergeant Mark Roberts says.

The group are shown on CCTV - two ap­pear to be act­ing as look­outs, while three ap­proached the counter, with a ma­chete, sword and a ham­mer.

Co-owner of the store, and Ra­jesh’s brother He­mant, says he saw the youth en­ter the store on the cam­eras and went out the front to help his brother.

The sib­lings threw lol­lies, and any­thing they could get their hands on at the of­fend­ers, be­fore chas­ing them out of the store with brooms.

He­mant says the in­ci­dent which lasted around 30 sec­onds was scary.

‘‘They tried to hit me and my brother - we had no choice but to fight back.

‘‘We threw things at them and screamed loudly. They didn’t ask for any­thing, they just at­tacked.’’

The group fled with only a bot­tle of wa­ter.

‘‘They didn't ask for any­thing, they just at­tacked.’’

He­mant Pa­tel


CCTV footage shows the youth en­ter­ing the Kaikohe store.

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