Gun held to woman’s head

Piako Post - - YOUR LOCAL NEWS - PHILLIPA YALDEN

Thugs held a semi-au­to­matic gun to a woman’s head as they bashed her part­ner un­con­scious.

This was one of two home in­va­sions the Waikato cou­ple have en­dured in the past two weeks.

And po­lice are now ap­peal­ing to the pub­lic to track down the in­trud­ers who they be­lieve to be be­hind both in­ci­dents.

At about 12.10pm on Oc­to­ber 7 three men ar­rived at the cou­ple’s home in a ru­ral area of Wai­hekau Rd, not far from Waitoa, De­tec­tive Sergeant Will Loughrin of Mata­mata Pi­ako CIB said.

One was armed with a semi­au­to­matic firearm.

They forced their way in through the front door where one pulled a gun on the 33-year-old woman, hold­ing it to her head.

Another of the of­fend­ers then as­saulted her 32-year-old part­ner in what Loughrin de­scribed as a bru­tal as­sault.

‘‘He was beaten un­con­scious on nu­mer­ous oc­ca­sions and re­ceived a bro­ken jaw.’’

The trio stole items from the cou­ple be­fore flee­ing the prop­erty.

‘‘The of­fend­ers then left in a ve­hi­cle de­scribed as a blue/pur­ple and sil­ver 4WD, which was last seen trav­el­ling on Wai­hekau Rd to­wards Sed­don Rd.’’

They are de­scribed as male Maori, aged be­tween 20 and 30 years old.

The man was taken to Waikato Hospi­tal by am­bu­lance and dis­charged the next day.

But last Fri­day morn­ing, around 10.30am, two men rolled up to the cou­ple’s prop­erty.

Their faces were cov­ered by ban­dan­nas as they tried to force their way into the house while the pair were in­side, Loughrin said.

Po­lice were called, Loughrin said, but the pair left be­fore of­fi­cers ar­rived.

‘‘The vic­tims are un­der­stand­ably very shaken by th­ese in­ci­dents, and are cur­rently be­ing pro­vided with vic­tim sup­port.

‘‘We are tak­ing th­ese in­ci­dents very se­ri­ously, and our staff are work­ing hard to iden­tify and lo­cate those re­spon­si­ble.’’

The pair left in a grey coloured Honda sta­tion wagon with the regis­tra­tion num­ber GAM680. Loughrin said po­lice were look­ing into why th­ese peo­ple were tar­geted.

In­for­ma­tion can be re­ported to Loughrin on 021 190 2963.

Peo­ple can also give in­for­ma­tion anony­mously on Crimestop­pers via 0800 555 111 or pri­vate mes­sage Waikato Po­lice via Face­book.

PO­LICE/SUPPLIED

Po­lice are seek­ing sight­ings of this ve­hi­cle in the Wai­hekau Rd area, near Waitoa, in Waikato.

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