Po­lice warn of dan­gers of king-hits

The Bay Chronicle - - FRONT PAGE - BAYLEY MOOR

Po­lice are warn­ing peo­ple about the dan­gers of ‘king-hit’ punches af­ter a 22-year-old-man was hit, as he walked through Pai­hia with his fa­ther. Sergeant Ross Lau­rie of Kerik­eri Po­lice said se­ri­ous in­juries and death have oc­curred from ‘‘cow­ardly’’ king-hits. This punch came from no where, Lau­rie says and oc­curred at 9.30am on Novem­ber 1. The vic­tim was not se­ri­ously in­jured. Lau­rie says the of­fender has been iden­ti­fied but en­quiries are on­go­ing into lo­cat­ing the of­fender.

In an­other in­ci­dent, a car stolen from the carpark at the junc­tion of Puke­t­ona Rd and SH10 on Oc­to­ber 30 was found burnt out in Mo­erewa the next day. Po­lice said a sil­ver Mazda B2500 ute, which was locked, was taken from Puke­t­ona, and was found at the in­ter­sec­tion of Lu­cas and Otiria roads in Mo­erewa on Oc­to­ber 31. Mean­while a 24-year-old Matauri Bay man was stopped by po­lice on Kerik­eri Rd, with an ex­cess breath al­co­hol of nearly twice the le­gal limit. The man was pulled over on Oc­to­ber 29 at 8am, and recorded a breath al­co­hol limit of 747 mcg. The le­gal limit is 250mcg. He was also a dis­qual­i­fied driver and was sum­mons to ap­pear in the Kaikohe District Court on charges of drink driv­ing and driv­ing while dis­qual­i­fied. If you have in­for­ma­tion on the king-hit or the burnt-out car found in Mo­erewa, con­tact Kerik­eri Po­lice on 09 407 9211 or anony­mously on Crimestop­pers on 0800 555 111.

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