Violent New Zealand: Nelson and Richmond Take Centre Stage After More Attacks

Lewis Stanton in happier times

Lewis Stanton in happier times with his horse Barney and trailer

A few days ago we wrote about violence and criminal activities in Palmerson North. Today it is Nelson that takes the crime focus after a man was subjected to a chemical attack outside the Nelson Council Offices this morning, and a woman was assaulted as she walked to work at Nelson hospital. The attacks follow other recent serious incidents in neighboring Richmond in which women were attacked, one of them in her own home.

Lewis Stanton had been sleeping at the entrance to the council building every night since mid-June after his belongings were seized from him outside the Nelson District Court on 13 June. He’d amassed council parking tickets and other minor infringements relating to his horse and trailer, which he used to park on the  streets of Nelson. Mr Stanton lived on the streets and used public donations to cover his expenses, that was until someone attacked him this morning.

In this morning’s attack Mr Stanton suffered

solvent burns to his mouth and throat in the attack, which happened around 6.45am, police said. (Mr Stanton) was taken to Nelson Hospital, where he remained this afternoon, police said. The attack was being treated “extremely seriously”, Constable Nick Kempthorne said. “This is a cowardly attack with potentially serious consequences and we are very keen to find out who is responsible.” source

Yesterday morning a Burmese woman was attacked as she walked to work at Nelson hospital at around 7.30am. The woman was racially abused before being physically assaulted. Her attacker is described as a Caucasian in his late 40s or early 50s, wearing worn jeans and a zip fronted jacket. Fortunately a passer-by intervened, otherwise the assault could have been a lot worse. Read more about it here.

Attempted abduction and a rape in Richmond, 13 km away

Florence Street is approx 13 km from Nelson

Florence Street, Richamond is approx 13 km (8 miles) from Nelson

Police are also investigating a report of an attempted abduction in Richmond on Sunday night.

The 19 year old woman managed to break free from her two assailants and run to safety. One of the men tried to drag her into nearby bushes near the corner of Fauchelle Avenue and Florence Street. Residents in the area say they  heard an altercation in the street but decided not to intervene. Police say the incident appeared to be ‘random’ and not related to a sexual assault in Richmond on 9 August.

In the 9 August incident an intruder sexually assaulted a woman in her own home during a 3am attack. Police have advised residents to lock their doors and windows and keep their vehicles secure at all times.

Detective Senior Sergeant Craig Johnston says the incident which occurred about 3am on Sunday morning in the Gladstone Rd area was very serious and police were concentrating on locating the offender involved.

“It is of great concern to us that the person who committed this crime is out in our community and I would encourage anyone with information that may be relevant to this investigation to come forward,” he says.

Police have increased patrols in the area and also urge people to ensure their own safety by locking doors and windows and keeping vehicles secure at all times. source

If you’re a migrant moving to the Nelson area please make sure you take all possible precautions to ensure your personal safety. Like most of New Zealand, the area isn’t as safe as it is made out to be and it has a significant crime problem. Don’t get taken in by reports of low recorded crime rates.

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