A sixteen year old youth from Turangi has been charged in relation to the violent attack on a five year old Belgian girl as she lay sleeping at a Turangi camping ground.
In a report the Dom Post said
Police tonight announced they had arrested a 16-year-old, who would appear in Taupo Youth Court tomorrow afternoon charged with sexual violation, aggravated wounding and burglary.
Given the degree of Mongrel Mob activity on the night of the crime, and the youth’s age, there is bound to be speculation that the crime was motivated by a desire to be part of a gang – some of the most horrendous crimes in New Zealand are committed by gang prospects.
The police investigation was said to have stretched as far as Wellington, where a matter of weeks ago two youths aged 17 and 19 were arrested for the beating death of Scottish journalist Phillip Cottrell as he walked home from work one morning.
Some other high profile cases in New Zealand where youths have been responsible for serious crimes against females include the killer of Scottish tourist Karen Aim in Taupo and of British immigrant Libby Templeman in Kerikeri. Both youths were aged only 14 when they perpetrated their terrible acts of violence and sexual degradation.
New Zealand’s youngest killer is Bailey Kurariki who was sentenced to 7 years in 2002 for the killing of a pizza delivery worker Michael Choy. He was 12 years old at the time of Mr Choy’s death and is now back behind bars for more recent offending.
Kiwis react to the arrest
New Zealanders quickly made their feelings know on the TradeMe forum, this is a sample of their more printable comments. One makes reference to the as yet unsolved killing of Charanpreet Singh Dhaliwal a security guard who died from head injuries on his first night at work in Auckland.
The camp ground is opposite the local police station, approx 6 kms from the local prison and there are six churches within walking distance of the site.
“I got a chill down my body when I just heard this on the six o’clock news…16…geesus… what is this country coming to…..almost guarantee that this excuse for a human being will get name suppression then a gentle ride through the Youth Courts, as has been said above. I don’t want to hear that he was abused/from a dysfunctional feral family etc, etc, SO fed up with this pc bullshit legal system we have here that makes namby pamby excuses for these ferals..If he is not dealt with really harshly, you can almost guarantee that he will be out to commit far, far worse crimes as he gets older…just so shocking…But well done to the Police for making a speedy arrest, bet he has previous history to.”
“thanks nz police ! many thanks. will you please now get the scum that killed that young indian security boy, on his first night on the job. thanks again.”
“So all those that got on here and accused the father can go eat there words and apoligise too.”
“Quite right. As far as I know Belgium doesn’t have a feral underclass, especially not one who takes their family on international camping holidays “of a lifetime”. This pondscum is just the tip of the iceberg in this “fair” land. He should do 10 years hard labour. That might even make a man of him?”
“A well known church member’s son?
Care to share which church?”
And there were the inevitable references to the attack being gang motivated and comments about personal security in the little town
“it wouldnt be an initiation..it would be a case of being the most violent outrageous etc so you are more prominent and have a higher chance of being ‘approved”
“Probably more one of these boy gangs they have these days i would say and from when i went to Turangi a few months back looking for a lost pup i bred i found the youth there very unapproachable as well as a lot of other residents i actually said to hubby at the time don’t think i would want to walk through here at night and i used to stay at the same camp ground as a kid and my memorys were not what they are now about the place.”
“most if not all of those boys gangs, tend to be prospects and aspire to “greater things”. for want of a better turn of phrase”
Broken New Zealand
You may also be interested in an older blog of ours How New Zealanders Would Fix “Broken New Zealand” from August 2011. We wrote about how Kiwis proposed that their country should be fixed, it makes interesting reading.
Now that the rugby world cup is safely out of the way we’re starting to more coverage of serious crimes against tourists in New Zealand again.
A reader has sent us a link to another spate of violent robberies in the small Northland town of Kerikeri. In the first incident a 39-year-old Swedish man was clubbed over the head by a ‘group’ of young teens and robbed.
In the second assault a 20-year-old German woman, walking to the Top Ten Holiday park was grabbed by the face and punched by a woman and woman who then stole her belongings.
If you’re headed for Kerikeri or the “lawless north” and concerned for your personal safety you can read more about the assaults here
“Taupo police Detective Sergeant Tony Manunui said the 37-year-old woman was walking on a track between Huka Falls and Spa Spark when a man, described as Polynesian or Maori – assaulted her…” more here
Taupo, Safe International Community
Last year we wrote about how Taupo was trying to push itself towards becoming a World Health Organisation “Safe International Community” (read Korean Tourist Beaten And Robbed In Taupo, An International Safe Community?) and expressed our concern that tourists may be lulled into a false sense of security if they believed the hype around the project, saying
“We sincerely hope that tourists, who are already the target of violence and robberies in NZ because of their perceived vulnerability and relative wealth, aren’t suckered in to believing they can be more relaxed with their personal security. Using the “Safe International Community” badge as a marketing tool may be counterproductive because it may make tourists easier targets. It’s hardly going to reduce the crime figures or improve the country’s image abroad if that happens.
The small tourist town was shoved under the international spotlight when British visitor Karen Aim was clubbed to death and interfered with whilst walking home one night. Her attacker was a 14 year old youth who was later convicted of murder and sentenced to life with a non-parole period of 12.5 years. Prominent British composer and Master of the Queen’s Music, Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, wrote a composition in Karen’s memory after being “moved and shocked” by her death…” more here
We often write about crimes against tourists in New Zealand and these incidents re-enforce the fact that visitors to New Zealand are being specifically targetted by local criminals and must take every precaution to keep themselves safe.
Karen Aim inquest: “Parental supervision failed teen basher”
(Dominion Post 29/11/2011)
“Lack of parental supervision is one of the main factors in violent youth offending, Rotorua coroner Wallace Bain has said at an inquest.
Dr Bain was commenting at the inquest of the death of Scottish tourist Karen Aim in January 2008, in Taupo Coroners Court today.
Ms Aim, 27, was severely bashed by a teenager near her Taupo flat as she walked home after socialising with friends.
She suffered serious brain injuries and died in Taupo Hospital.
A year later Jache Broughton, 14, of Taupo, pleaded guilty to her murder and was sentenced to life imprisonment with a minimum non-parole period of 12 years…” more
Our thoughts and deepest condolences are againwith the family and friends of Karen Aim this week. They’re still searching for answers as to why their loved one was cruelly taken from them.