Attack on town custodian shocks Paihia community – What We Know!

The assault, described by the 70-year-old sufferer’s son as a “vicious assault”, occurred on Paihia’s Marsden Rd about 3.30am on Friday. Photograph / NZME

A ”vicious assault” on Paihia’s city custodian has shocked and appalled residents within the Bay of Islands vacationer city.

The custodian, who’s employed by Focus Paihia neighborhood belief, was allegedly assaulted, robbed of his cellphone, pockets and work gear, dragged from his automobile, and left on the roadside because the offenders took off along with his automobile.

The incident occurred exterior the beachfront kayak rent store on Marsden Rd, reverse Alfresco’s restaurant, about 3.30am right this moment.

It appears unlikely the perpetrators might be free for lengthy, nonetheless.

The city’s newly upgraded CCTV system — one other Focus Paihia challenge — captured clear pictures earlier within the night time of the lads allegedly concerned.

The custodian’s station-wagon was discovered dumped on North Rd, Kawakawa, minus wheels and licence plates, about 10am right this moment.

The alleged attack occurred on Marsden Rd, Paihia, near Bay Beach Hire and opposite Alfresco's restaurant. Photo / Google Streetview
The alleged assault occurred on Marsden Rd, Paihia, close to Bay Seashore Rent and reverse Alfresco’s restaurant. Photograph / Google Streetview

Former Treaty Grounds cultural supervisor Mori Rapana, who now has a senior position on the Far North District Council, took to social media this morning to name for details about the ”vicious assault” on his 70-year-old father, Henare Rapana.

Mori Rapana stated he grappled with posting in regards to the incident on social media as a result of he didn’t wish to tarnish the city.

”Nevertheless, I can’t let this slide. I need these guys caught and delivered to justice. These sick @#%$ must be caught. This can be a 70-year-old innocent man,” he wrote.

His father was well-known in Paihia for his work maintaining the city in immaculate situation, Rapana stated.

The submit was extensively shared and paid off inside hours when ”some eagle-eyed whānau” noticed the stolen automobile in Kawakawa.

Rapana stated the alleged offenders had been recognized from CCTV footage.

”From right here we are going to let the authorities undertake their processes and see these individuals delivered to justice.”

Rapana stated he had been humbled by the “overwhelming and exquisite” outpouring of help and aroha for his father right this moment.

Focus Paihia chairman Grant Harnish stated the city had rallied across the custodian after the early morning assault.

”He’s a particular man, he offers a lot to Paihia because the city custodian. To be handled like that is actually appalling.”

Focus Paihia, and the broader neighborhood, would do every little thing they may to verify these accountable have been held to account, he stated

It wasn’t the primary time the city’s new CCTV system had proved invaluable for figuring out offenders, he stated.

Focus Paihia trustee Gary Lucas was instrumental in getting the city’s upgraded CCTV system up and operating, at the side of police and Kerikeri Group Patrol.

Stay monitoring had been working earlier that night time, he stated.

When Lucas was alerted to the assault he was capable of hyperlink footage of individuals captured earlier within the night to the incident on Marsden Rd at 3.37am.

The knowledge had been handed on to police.

”The CCTV footage could be very, very clear,” Lucas stated.

Paihia residents advised the Advocate there had been an escalation of bother within the city prior to now eight weeks, a lot of it linked to a Kings Rd premises used for emergency lodging.

Nevertheless, the assault in town custodian is just not regarded as linked to Kings Rd residents, however a separate group not based mostly in Paihia.