Looks like gang activity in Napier is still a problem. A 23 year old man was set up by a gang of up to ten people as he walked through Maraenui yesterday morning (Maraenui is the home turf of the Mongrel Mob) His injuries were so bad that doctors placed him in a coma until today, when police are hoping to talk to him about the assault.
It’s appalling that anyone could be beaten up on a street in broad daylight, but by 10 people? that’s positively inhuman, what an earth is going on in Napier. Did this poor guy wear the wrong colour T shirt, or was his dog lead blue instead of red?
A report of the incident stated:
“Police will this afternoon speak to a Napier man who suffered a beating at the hands of a group in what may be a gang attack.
The 23-year-old sustained a number of blows to the head after he was chased by up to 10 people in the Napier suburb of Maraenui about 10am yesterday.
He was put into an induced coma Hawke’s Bay Hospital after the assault. However, he was now out of the coma and police hoped to interview him around lunchtime, Detective Senior Sergeant Nick Reid said.
Police have not made any arrests yet and face difficulties with witnesses not coming forward.
Because of the time of day, the weather and the particular suburb the attack took place in, there were few witnesses willing to talk to police, he said.
“There has been talk of gang members involved in the attack but we haven’t been able to get to the bottom of that yet.”
Ten people may have been involved in the chase, but there may not have been that many involved in the assault, he said.”
Here’s hoping that he makes a complete recovery and the thugs feel the full force of the law, we know the latter is unlikely and they’re likely to receive community sentences but there’s no harm in wishing.
Napier is turning into the sort of town that you really don’t want to live in. Last month a dairy owner was stabbed on Latham Street at 11 in the morning.
Up the coast 100 km or so lies Wairoa, where a recent shoot-out in Mclean Street had one resident diving for cover in his garage one evening.
According to the news report “The town is no stranger to altercations between the Mongrel Mob and Black Power and the resident said that something had been brewing for the past three or four weeks. “It’s just one of those things. There generally isn’t too much grief with them but people up here know if something is up. We’re all just absolutely sick of them, to be honest.”
Last May Jan Molinaar barricaded himself and a large arsenal into a house on Chaucer Road South in Napier. A routine cannabis bust went horribly wrong when Molenaar, shot dead policeman Len Snee, 53 and critically injured 3 other people in the small town famed for its earthquakes and art deco architecture. Molenaar held off police for a number of days, causing extensive disruption in the neighbourhood, before turning a gun on himself.
NZ just isn’t the safe place it likes to think it is.