Sick German Tourist Attacked in Christchurch, New Zealand “Just for Fun” – updated

Lichfield Street, Christchurch

A  20 year old German tourist by the name of Soenke was attacked and robbed in Christchurch after being turned away from a hospital on Friday night.

He’d been holidaying in Kaikoura and developed an eye infection. Soenke was taken in an ambulance late at night to Christchurch hospital 2.5 hours away, presumably because Kaikoura didn’t have the facilities to treat him.

According to a report by the news site Stuff.co.nz

Unwell tourist refused a bed, beaten

An unwell German tourist was attacked and robbed on the street after Christchurch Hospital staff refused him a bed for the night.

The 20-year-old had arrived in an ambulance from Kaikoura last Friday evening and was treated and discharged about 11pm.

Soenke, who did not want his surname used, said his doctor in Kaikoura felt his eye infection required urgent specialist treatment.

Soenke said he was then told by a hospital doctor his condition did not warrant an overnight stay. He was prescribed eye medication and told to stay in a nearby hostel…

But the hostel was full and he couldn’t find anywhere to stay. He returned to the hospital but was told he couldn’t remain in the waiting room.

After the hospital effectively stranded him he was turned away. He made his way to the Lichfield Street bus exchange. There he was beaten up by three men “just for fun.”

He went to the Lichfield St bus exchange, where he was attacked about 1.30am while using the free wi-fi to Skype his parents. His parents heard his screams as three men punched and kicked him.

I lay on the ground and they kicked me just for fun. One kicked me in the face.”

The men stole his laptop, cellphone and his bag and its contents, including gifts and his passport.

The attack left him sore and bleeding from the lips and knee, but otherwise uninjured.

He found help at The Club nearby. Security guards phoned police, who arrived about 30 minutes later.

Soenke said he left the police station about 5.15am, convincing the officers to escort him back to Christchurch Hospital and request permission for him to sleep in the emergency waiting room for a couple of hours. That time the request was granted. He left about 7am…” more here

We’re appalled that treatment could not have been given to Soenke in Kaikoura and he was shipped off to Christchurch in the middle of the night. The town’s medical facilities must only operate during office hours.

We disgusted that no-one was able to offer him a bed or couch for the night and exposed a vulnerable, sick man to violence and robbery.

Update

Gangs of intimidating “hood rats” have re-emerged in central Christchurch. Locals want the police to re-instate their inner city squad. Source “Hood rats scurry back”

Retailers, police and security workers say they have noticed a significant increase in miscreants congregating in the Re:Start container mall, the bus exchange and the Oxford Tce riverbank.

Their behaviour included intimidation, spitting, bad language, harassing shoppers for money, gang colours and graffiti, they said.

One security worker said those responsible appeared to be “hopeful gang member types” as young as 12.

Another guard said the attack on a German tourist at the bus exchange last Saturday was symptomatic of the increasing problems.

Tourists unwelcome in New Zealand

We’re left with a picture of a very uncaring, dismissive culture where tourists are unwelcome, until they hit the headlines as victims and there’s some reputation management needed.

His beating and robbery was the latest in a large catalogue of attacks on German tourists and are getting to be the norm. We wish him a full recovery and a safe onward journey out of New Zealand.

Embassies warn tourists about New Zealand but don’t go far enough

In March 2012 the German, Argentine and French embassies followed the British and Australian’s lead and issued theft prevention advice for their nationals in New Zealand.

In light of this attack and the recent savage beating of a young German couple in Whakatane on Boxing Day (read German Tourists Have Nightmare Injuries: Couple Savagely Beaten and Robbed in Whakatane, German Tourists Robbed in Invercargill) we highly recommend the German embassy now adds a personal safety section to its New Zealand advisory page.

You may also be interested in

E2NZ revisited: “Bashing Tourists Now a National Pastime?”

German Tourist Seriously Injured in Napier Mugging, French Tourists Pistol Whipped, Sex Attack by Motelier Results in Community Service

Nicole Kleinhoelting, Another German Tourist Loses All in New Zealand

German Tourist Beaten as New Zealanders Stand and Watch

German tourist mugger only given six months community detention

Two More German Tourists, Anke Kuballa and Marc Busch, Robbed In Northland, New Zealand

German Tourists Robbed In Omapere, Northland

German Tourists Attacked in Paihia

Elderly Australian Tourist Stabbed in Head at Waihi Beach, Murder Investigation Launched

Haka Thugs Attack French Tourists Near Raglan 

Vicious Sex Attack on 5 Year Old Belgian Tourist – little girl severely injured in a frenzied attack as she lay sleeping in a campervan in Turangi.

Austrian tourists mugged in Palmerston North

Australian honeymooners lose it all  two tourists robbed near Milford Sound

Te Anau Troubled By Tourist Attacks -drunken youths attack visitors in Te Anau

Swiss Campers’ Tyres Slashed In Kaikoura

Chilean Tourist Robbed, Loses Life’s Work  robbed in a motel near Auckland international airport

“New Zealand is a wonderful country, but be careful as it’s not so safe” – Swiss campervan tourist loses everything in Whangarei

Honeymoon Couple Lose Precious Photos, No ‘Gold Medal’ British couple robbed outside of Auckland zoo

Czech Tourist, Jan Fakotor, Stabbed In Motueka man stabbed in a Motueka backpackers

English tourist mugged in Gisborne female tourist punched and handbag stolen in a street attack, delaying her departure from NZ

Chilean tourist punched, robbed in Nelson man attacked on Nelson cathedral steps by three teenagers

A group of students that were beaten and robbed whilst on a treasure hunt at the Hundertwasser toilets in Kawakawa, Northland

A series of random, unprovoked attacks in Queenstown

Previous robbery of British tourists at Kerosene Creek

Tourists robbed at Kerosene Creek

Three French tourists beaten and robbed in their campervan in Mangamuka, Northland 

A family of Swiss tourists that were assaulted and racially abused in Kaitaia, Northland

Anke Kuballa and Marc Busch from Germany who were robbed in Whangarei, Northland

A family of five robbed at the roadside whilst camping in their van at Oturere Stream, 25km south of Turangi

Two German tourists attacked in Paihia, Northland

Two American tourists were robbed at Shipwreck Bay in Northland whilst sandboarding

Asian woman, (probably Japanese) age 22, raped in her room by 2 teenagers in a home invasion in Opotiki, Bay of Plenty

Three Chinese tourists attacked and robbed at Te paki, 90 Mile Beach, Northland, by two men they’d stopped to help

French tourist Anthony Cressend, beaten and robbed at campsite in Ahipara, Northland

Two Australian tourists robbed at knifepoint for their holiday money in Te Puke, SE of Tauranga.

Japanese tourist age 23 (female) kidnapped, robbed and assaulted in Rotorua by four men

French tourist (male) raped at gunpoint near Opotiki, Bay of Plenty

American peace corp twins Adam and Alex Rahmlow, 21 were robbed of all their possessions by a man they tried to help in Amberley, Christchurch.

Dutch couple raped and robbed on a campsite in Tuatapere, NW of Invercargill, whilst on their honeymoon. (Dutch govt. issued a travel warning about NZ)

Two Koreans were attacked and robbed of their possession which included a laptop computer by a man claiming to be a gang member in Blenheim.

British tourist worker sexually assaulted near Hururu Falls, Northland when she was dragged off a walking track.

Canadian tourist Jeremie Kawerninski, kidnapped, assaulted and robbed in Lower Hutt, Wellington

Dutch couple robbed and sexually attacked Haruru Falls, Northland whilst on honeymoon.

Two British women robbed and raped in their campervan at Tokomaru Bay, north of Gisborne.

Japanese tourist subjected to a prolonged and brutal sex attack in a communal area of a backpacker’s hostel in Turangi, Taupo.

Scottish woman Karen Aim brutally murdered and robbed by a youth in Taupo.

German woman Birgit Brauer murdered near New Plymouth.

Korean man Jae Hyeon Kim decapitated with a spade by white supremacist.

Japanese tourist robbed at gunpoint in Oamaru.

Irish cycle tourist Paul Mack bashed, robbed and urinated on throughout his NZ tour.

6 English and Danish tourists attacked and stabbed in Cashel Mall, Christchurch for having “foreign accents.”

Irish man Robby O’Brien beaten up in Westport.

 Russian couple Denis Khotchenko and Lera Nesterova beaten and robbed in Milford, Auckland

English woman knifed and sexually assaulted in a toilet block at an A1 motor camp in Kaikoura

American campers Patrick Dykstra and Kelsey McGinley beaten and robbed at Whangarei Falls, Northland.

Australian tourist sexually assaulted on a street in broad daylight in Nelson.

Australian tourist subjected to a sex attack by Maia Crawford Rongonui whilst walking home to a backpackers in Christchurch.

Canadian tourist left with a fractured skull outside Silver Fern backpackers in Taupo.

Dutch tourist beaten and robbed at Lake Rotorua.

British man Paul Speakman and his young son beaten and robbed in a campervan at Athenree Gorge, Katikati.

Chinese woman attacked for speaking Chinese on a train approaching Petone.

Scottish visitor Stuart Martin who was left in a coma and with a boot print on his face after a street bashing in Taradale, Christchurch.

Advertisements

6 thoughts on “Sick German Tourist Attacked in Christchurch, New Zealand “Just for Fun” – updated

  1. Article update

    Gangs of intimidating “hood rats” have re-emerged in central Christchurch. Locals want the police to re-instate their inner city squad. Source “Hood rats scurry back”

    Retailers, police and security workers say they have noticed a significant increase in miscreants congregating in the Re:Start container mall, the bus exchange and the Oxford Tce riverbank.

    Their behaviour included intimidation, spitting, bad language, harassing shoppers for money, gang colours and graffiti, they said.

    One security worker said those responsible appeared to be “hopeful gang member types” as young as 12.

    Another guard said the attack on a German tourist at the bus exchange last Saturday was symptomatic of the increasing problems.

  2. Sounds like the South Bronx or East End or some blighted place like that. But without the fast Internet, culture, large distribution economics, and all the other benefits of civilisation. And thousands of dollars away from civilisation, by air. Why does anyone go there!

  3. Regarding this story “Sick German Tourist Attacked in New Zealand ‘Just for Fun'”. I am very surprised by this. New Zealand is normally a very hospitable place. I have personal experience of this, being stranded in Timaru in a blizzard and my wife & I being offered a bed for the night in a citizens home. So the actions of both the hospital staff and the hostel in forcing this young tourist onto the streets in the middle of the night are very surprising. What is not surprising is the attack. New Zealand cities, towns and townships are not safe places to be at night. This German tourist was already in a vulnerable and dangerous situation made even more so by having valuable electronic devices on public display at night time in a deserted bus station. If I found myself stranded in any town in New Zealand at night the only place I would stay would be the police station. No other public place is safe. I would not stay in the waiting room of a public emergency department. My wife is a nurse who has worked in the emergency departments of several larger cities in New Zealand. Even though these places normally have security personel working at night, there is still danger there. The police station is safest.

Have something to say?

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s