‘Brutal Thugs’ Dominate Non-Mandela News in New Zealand

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NZ cities ‘more dangerous than world’s hotspots’

Violent crime in New Zealand is coming close second to the prolonged news coverage of the life and death of Nelson Mandela.

However, the blanket coverage of the great man hasn’t quite been enough to smother reports of some pretty nasty crime in the last few days. A reminder to us all that New Zealand is not as peaceable as you’d think. It has become so deplorable that last month Paul Thomas, a New Zealand Herald columnist, was allowed to write:

“Brutal thugs bring terror to our streets: When our cities are more dangerous than some of the world’s trouble-spots, we have to accept we have a problem…” read why here

Here’s some of today’s non-Mandela news stories

Police with machine guns in Whanganui

Today we learn that police carrying machine (read gang involvement suspected) guns are guarding the home of 48 year old Whetu Teaola Hansen, he’s been missing from his  Akers Rd home in Whanganui  since 24 November.  Police aren’t saying much but a murder enquiry looks to have been started. source

Deceased good Samaritan’s attacker arrested in Tauranga

The man who allegedly beat Lance Michael Scullin, 50 with a fence paling has been arrested. Mr Scullin left his Tauranga home to go to the aid of people being  assaulted by youths outside in the street. Police say  a 32-year-old, unemployed man will appear in court. He is charged with intent to injure, common assault and participating in an organised criminal group.

Stabbing and riot in Papakura

A man was stabbed in the head in Papakura and is fighting for his life. Police attended a house in Rollerson Street at 8pm last night where a small riot had broken out “after receiving reports of a group of people fighting with knives, sticks and rocks.” source

Fatal shooting in the Bay of Plenty

46 year old Issac Dale Bushell was killed this morning in Beach Road, Maketu. A 19 year old male has been charged with his murder.

Waikato Thrill Killers’ parole angers victim’s family: Crims have more rights than victims

The family of an elderly couple shot to death in their Te Akau, Waikato, home are furious one their parents’ killers has been shown leniency at a parole hearing. John Harrisson, 82, and his 72 year old wife Josie Harrisson died from multiple gun shot wounds inflicted by Gresham Marsh and Leith Ray. The men “told police they wanted to see what it was like to kill someone and watch them die.

” The Sensible Sentencing Trust spokeswoman Ruth Money said the organisation was backing an upcoming government review of the parole system. “At the moment, a prisoner can appeal a Parole Board decision but victims and their families cannot.” source

Otara Police officer beaten,  30 colleagues raid wrong home

30 Police offers in Otara arrived mob handed and broke in to the wrong home. They were looking for the perp who beat Sergeant Simon Tate unconscious and left him with fractured eye sockets and cheekbones. They raided a house 100 metres away from the house they were supposed to enter, ending up at Clarrie Wills Way instead of  Wymondley Rd. “Officers carrying out the warrant had simply printed a satellite map off  a computer which showed the roads and houses in the area – it did not pinpoint any particular house.” source.  The family now want compensation for emotional distress, adding it took police 2 months to repair the damage they’d caused to the property.