Ar­rests re­lief for vic­tims

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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.

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