Mount Roskill Intermediate school
We’re relieved to hear that a suspect has been arrested in relation to the savage beating and rape of woman in Mount Roskill.
The 27 year woman old was attacked as she walked home from work through the grounds of Mount Roskill Intermediate school on the afternoon of 17 January 2012 . Her husband went to look for her and found her semi-conscious and badly injured She was left traumatised by the attack and unable to speak, taking over a week to recover in hospital.
In the same area another woman had been approached earlier in the day by an aggressive male behaving in a threatening manner. She told her mother who lives overseas, who read about the rape on-line and then contacted New Zealand police.
Police say they have a 17 year old youth in custody, given his age we assume that he will not be afforded the privilege of name suppression. Initially he will appear in youth court because he was 16 when the woman was attacked, but we suspect the case will be moved to a higher court to deal with. According to the Herald
He will appear in Auckland Youth Court charged with assault with Intent to commit rape, aggravated wounding, unlawful sexual connection and rape.
At the time, Inspector Gary Allcock said her injuries were “serious” and counted it among the worst he had seen in 28 years of policing.
NZ’s out of control teens
The number of rapes and violent attacks perpetrated by teens in New Zealand is reaching worrying proportions, it was only a matter of weeks ago that a 16 year old raped and mutilated a 5 year old Belgian girl at a Turangi campsite. The two males charged with the death of reporter Phillip Cottrell were aged 17 and 19, and the youth who battered Karen Aim to death was only 14.
Today two youths aged 14 and 15 appeared in Rotorua Youth Court charged with the assault of elderly Polish man, Roman Skorek, whose body was found in Kuirau Park early on Tuesday morning. A 20 year old has been charged with murder.
Youth crime is becoming increasingly savage in New Zealand. As the officers working on the Turangi rape case said: its time for NZ society to take a good look at itself.
Its also time for an in-depth review of the criminal justice system for youth offenders. Something patently isn’t working.
Mount Roskill Intermediate
The school is situated in south Auckland, use the street view above to locate the area within Auckland.
Apparently, the whole thing kicked-off with a shotgun hold-up at the Jokers Bar in Point Chevalier in Auckland. An alert member of the public saw a group of suspicious people entering the bar wearing hoodies, he took the registration number of the car they were using and police were waiting for them when they got home to Flatbush, 20kms away. Why police chose to mount a blockade against armed bandits on suburban streets close to a school, rather than at the location of the robbery, is unclear but we’re very relieved to hear that no-one was injured in the operation.
“Three women and two men allegedly held up an Auckland suburban bar with a shotgun before driving 20km across the city yesterday, where they were blocked in by armed police. A witness saw a suspicious white car pull up on Carrington Rd in the western suburb of Pt Chevalier about 10am. Its occupants donned hooded sweatshirts before storming into Jokers Bar.
Police would not say how much cash was taken in the robbery.
The person noted the car’s registration and phoned police, helping them track the alleged robbers to Carseta Pl, in the Manukau City suburb of Clover Park, a couple of hours later. From about midday dozens of locals, including mothers with toddlers in strollers, gathered at a police cordon at the intersection of Othello Dr and Israel Ave in Clover Park, prevented from going home.
Sydney Koha was visiting his brother Shane Koha, the father of six young children. “We are just concerned about the kids coming out of the school [Clover Park Middle School],” he told the Weekend Herald. “Thank God it’s over,” Mr Koha said when police lifted the cordon about 3pm.
Acting Senior Sergeant Mark Rowbottom said bringing in the alleged robbers was a “textbook execution” by police. Nobody had been hurt and five people – three women and two men – were in custody, he said.
Two streets away at Carseta Pl, armed police guarded the two houses of interest – one a well-kept yellow bungalow with flowerpots in front and white crocheted curtains, the other a two-storey wooden house on a sloping, grassy property with a stand-alone garage. Neighbours said the families who lived there seemed friendly and had a number of small children.
Another family deciding that armed robbery is a great career choice in NZ? at least this group didn’t use a people carrier. It must be one of the fastest growing occupations in NZ right now.
“We don’t talk to them or anything but they used to bring us fruit,” said Lisi Pio.
But another resident said one suspect had only recently finished a home detention sentence. Another neighbour said he had known a previous occupant who was “inside” now.
A Jokers staff member told the Weekend Herald nobody was hurt “and yes, we’re back in business”. Those who were working during the robbery had been sent home, she said.” source
Reports issued yesterday suggested the arrested felons may also be responsible for other armed blags in Auckland in recent months, of which there’s been a great many. Hopefully, these arrests may bring about a brief lull- all shopkeepers, innkeepers and bank managers can breathe easier, for a while.
Unfortunately armed robbery has become a widespread problem in New Zealand, hardly a day goes by without one happening somewhere. It’s a symptom of a deeply divided society with an ever widening gulf between the haves and the have-nots. Even the kids are going into shops armed to the teeth with guns, hammers and knives to steal ice creams and sweets. (see New Zealand, a Great Place to Raise Kids)
22 June 2010 Pakuranga AOS Call-Out
Three days later the boys in black were busy again when the Armed Offenders squad cordoned off roads and surrounded a house in Pakuranga Road, South Auckland. Witnesses say the police were negotiating with a person holed-up in a property. The incident is thought to have ended without injury or loss of life. See “Another dickhead on the lose in Panmure“
We keep a list of all the armed hold-ups we get to hear about, you can find it here
We’ve heard that an alleged armed robbery in Point Chevalier sparked off a Armed Offenders Squad call out to an address in Caserta Place, Flatbush, South Auckland.
The entrance to Caserta Place
According to 3News
“The Armed Offenders Squad was called to a Manukau address today after police pursued a man fleeing an aggravated robbery.
Police were called to a TAB in the Auckland suburb of Point Chevalier, after reports of an armed hold up.
The offender fled the scene in a stolen car and then allegedly switched vehicles before arriving at an address in Caserta Place, Manukau
Police tracked the man in a helicopter, the AOS were then called to the Manukau address…”
Other reports say that a man was holed-up in the house and surrounded by armed police, and that the robbery had taken place in Joker’s Bar.
This is just one of many armed robberies that have plagued New Zealand over the past few years as the country suffers more and more from violent crime. It was followed shortly afterward by a robbery at an ANZ bank in Avonhead, which left staff traumatised.
Police are downplaying the significance (perhaps because it took so long for them to respond?) of an explosive device discovered in a car in Otahuhu at 5.30pm yesterday.
They cordoned off Princes St East in Otahuhu and evacuated around 50 homes in the Seaside Park-Brady Rd area after being told of a possible bomb in an abandoned car.
They’d known about the car for a couple of days after a resident, Kalli Murray reported it as being suspicious on Tuesday, but because it hadn’t been reported stolen they took no further action. The car had been parked up since Saturday.
The police are being very cagey about releasing much detail about the incident, or why it took them a couple of days to get round to treating the car seriously. They’re not saying who the car was registered to, or why they think it was left in a public area.
Christchurch Bomb Scare
In January the Christchurch district court was evacuated after a bomb threat was made
Wellington Bomb Scare
In March Willeston House in central Wellington was evacuated after a note and email containing a bomb threat was made, cordoned off roads caused major disruption until the site was cleared by bomb squad experts.
Auckland Bomb Scare
In April three banks in lower Auckland were closed after a bomb threat about a bomb in a non-specific ANZ bank was phoned in, sections of Queens Street were closed, causing disruption to the surrounding area.
Airline Bomb Threat
This is how New Zealand deals with people that cause major disruption through making bomb threats – it slaps them on the wrist with a wet bus ticket. In May two teenage women who made multiple bomb threats to Singapore Airlines, pretending to be terrorists, were sentenced to three months of community detention with a 12 hour daily curfew, 200 hours of community work and 12 months’ supervision.
Isn’t it ironic that New Zealand was recently named as the most peaceful place to live, tangible things like car bombs won’t ever be allowed to shatter that carefully cultivated image, will they?
Staunch Gwendoline Samson should be given an award, the 93 year old grandmother fought off an attacker at her Papakura home, and it wasn’t the first time she’d had the experience either.
We’re glad that she’s ok but disgusted that yet another old person has been attacked in their home in ‘safe’ New Zealand, we hope the police make an arrest soon.
from 3 News
“Police hunt man who attacked 93yo
Police are hunting a home invader who dragged a 93-year-old woman around her house before she managed to set off an alarm.
Gwendoline Samson, from South Auckland, says she was not going to give in easily – despite being four times her attacker’s age.
Ms Samson likes to enjoy the morning sun with a cup of tea on the deck next to her dining room. But it was outside her home that a stranger spotted her and followed her in. The man claimed he was looking for a lost dog, turning nasty when Ms Samson refused to be conned. The man dragged her into the bedroom, where he pinned her against a wall. In the struggle she managed to set off an alarm on her wrist and the man fled.
“I was not going to give in easily. So he got a punch in the ribs for his trouble,” says Ms Samson.
Ms Samson’s neice, Lorraine Prangley said the whole family are very proud of the way she reacted.
“She did a really brave act. If she had a stick she might have been better off, might have been able to defend herself better,” she says.
It is not the first time her Papakura home has been invaded.
Ms Samson lived with her sister until her death last year, and the pair of feisty grannies fought off a previous attacker under similar circumstances.
“Whether he was looking for money or going to do other things with my aunty I don’t know,” says Ms Prangley.
The family are improving security at the house and say they are ready should anyone try to harm Ms Samson again.”
We’ve said before that one may judge the character of a society by how it treats the weak, the vulnerable, the most easily forgotten. Abuse of the young and the old is widespread in NZ, recent attacks on elderly people include:
- A Racist attack on elderly man in Hastings
- Gaynor Alice White, 62, battered to death with a hammer by an intruder in her home in Parkland, Christchurch
- A 72 year old man left shaken and bruised after being robbed at gunpoint at his home in Beerescourt Rd Road, Hamilton
- An 82 year old woman kidnapped and robbed whilst shopping on W.Tamaki Road, Auckland
- Grandmother Barabara Julian, battered to death by an intruder in her Kaitaia home
- Lois Dear, 66, murdered and sexually assulted in her classroom at Tokoroa primary school
- An elderly woman was physically and sexually assulted in her Eltham home
- Retired teacher John Rowe, murdered by two teenage girls in his Opotiki home
- An 83 year old woman who was assaulted and her home set fire to in Howick
- An elderly couple who were hopsitalized after a home invasion in New Plymouth
- An elderly man kicked to the ground and assaulted by a truck driver in Manukau
- An 85 year old man badly beaten during a home invasion at his Bethesda Village retirement home in Wiri.
- 86 year old Patricia Burrows was left with a fractured pelvis, cuts and bruises after she was mugged in a Christchurch shopping mall
- Yin Ping Yang, 80, died following a savage attack during a home invasion in Manurewa East that lasted for several hours.
- A 99 year old woman who was sexually assaulted in her Palmerston North home and died in hospital