Arrests relief for victims
Tokoroa grandmother Margaret Gabolinscy is relieved that the men who attacked her and her husband, Bob Gabolinscy, have been arrested.
Last week police arrested and charged Morehu Rangitoheriri, 21, and his younger brother Maui Kereopa Rangitoheriri, 18, with intent to injure and the assault of Francis Robert Gabolinscy. Further charges are pending.
The arrests come three weeks after the vicious assault, which saw Mr Gabolinscy attacked by the men who were exiting the Weka Place alleyway.
They appeared in Tokoroa District Court last Thursday.
‘‘I feel very relieved. It’s still very emotional, for both Bob and myself.
‘‘I’m glad that they got them. We are glad it is over,’’ Margaret Gabolinscy said after the arrests were made.
‘‘It is hard to describe how it feels, unless you have been in that situation. It is a better day, the offenders have been caught.’’
While their attackers have been caught, Mrs Gabolinscy said she does not feel completely safe.
‘‘Not really. That (safety) has been taken away from us now. At night I can still see him coming towards me.’’
The daughters of Mr and Mrs Gabolinscy, Robyn Mclean and Sheryl Salale, through a letter to the editor, have asked council to close the alleyway because it has become a ‘‘criminal gateway’’.
‘‘The police and the Tokoroa community have been fantastic in their support. It is now the council’s turn to step up and do the right thing.’’ Senior Sergeant Graeme Hill of Tokoroa police said the support from the vast majority of the community was good.
‘‘From my perspective I think it was good that people gave information but they need to do it formally . . .
‘‘They were willing to say that they were horrified and disgusted but they need to formally come forward.’’
Mr Hill encourages members of the community to step forward whenever they have information.
RELIEVED AT NEWS: Tokoroa grandmother Margaret Gabolinscy is grateful police have arrested the men believed to have assaulted her and her husband Bob.