Source: NZ Herald
“A British tourist is in a coma in Hawke’s Bay Hospital after a vicious Napier attack left him with boot marks on his head and face.
The man, whose condition is described as critical, was set upon by three men as he walked past Taradale’s main shopping area in Gloucester St just before 1am today.
He was knocked to the ground and stomped on with such ferocity there were boot imprints on his head and face.
The severity of the attack appalled police.
The man was taken to hospital after a passer-by alerted emergency services.
Police have arrested one man and were looking for another two.
The victim, who was visiting from the UK, had attended a stag party in Napier during the evening.
He had become separated from his friends before the assault said police, who were keen to speak to any witnesses.”
The British citizen was later said to be 31 year old Scottish man Stuart Martin. According to Mail three local 17 year old youths were arrested and appeared in court today
Darrin Peter Wright, Hamish Glenn Bowman, and Joshua McConville, all from Taradale, appeared in the Napier District Court today charged with assault.
The 30-year-old English tourist, due to attend a friend’s wedding tomorrow, was beaten as he walked past Taradale’s main shopping area in Gloucester St just before 1am, Napier police said.
His attackers allegedly stomped on his head and face several times.
The man, who was living in Australia, was in a coma in critical condition in Hawke’s Bay Hospital.
He would be named once police had contacted his family in Britain.
The three attackers were remanded in custody to reappear in the Napier District Court on March 4.”
Shocked Taradale residents have left a number of messages on the paper’s website :
“I always walk down this street at night, it is in a very nice are of napier, there are always young wannabe “gangsters” mooching around but I never take any notice. What a wake up call that no one is safe anymore.”
“What is happening to our country? I dont even get on it that much anymore cause im scared im going to get jumped.The tourists are getting targeted hard aswel“