A Malaysian woman in her late 60s was yesterday dragged from her car, beaten severely and left for dead on the road. When Nancy Voon tried to run away her attackers chased and assaulted her, before driving away with her car.
Mrs Voon was was dragged from her seat and tried to run away. She was struck multiple times in the head with an object, and was then kicked in the head as she fell to the ground. At this stage police said they are not releasing footage showing the violent assault, no doubt they’re cautious not to shock due to the international attention this incident will attract.
The truth of the matter is that New Zealand is beset by a crime epidemic, caused by a perfect storm of an under-resourced police force and widespread poverty due in large measure by out-of-control property prices. Around 300,000 children live in poverty in New Zealand.
The housing bubble is largely due to the government failing to reign in overseas property investment and build more housing, leading to Auckland becoming the world’s most expensive city. Thousands of people are officially homeless, many of them live in cars -the lucky ones may have a damp garage to raise their kids in.
Add to that the perception among New Zealanders that people of an Asian appearance are wealthy, and that fact that most migrants now come from China and India, and you’ll understand why some ethnic groups are a bigger focus for desperate criminals than others, particularly in Auckland.
The victim’s son Chee Phua, 33, believed his mother was targeted because she was small, in her 60s and Asian.
Nancy Voon, 65, was attacked while waiting for her son outside the Panmure YMCA around midday today.
Phua said two teen girls allegedly dragged his mum out of the car and viciously beat her up before driving off with her car and all her belongings. Voon was taken to Auckland City Hospital Emergency Department unconscious with concussion, broken teeth, a fractured nose and bruising around the face and body.
“They left her there to die. There was blood everywhere. All her clothes and the hospital sheets were all bloody.”
Police said two teen girls are suspected of carrying out the attack and stealing the woman’s grey 2010 Toyota Corolla.
Phua said his mum woke up crying around 6pm tonight and was having continuous panic attacks and vomiting before she was sedated.
A while ago we wrote of how the Sensible Sentencing Trust had expressed their outrage about the rise in carjackings in New Zealand. Yesterday’s attack shows how vulnerable people are and what an easy target they present.
If you’re intending to drive a motor vehicle in New Zealand our advice is to get one with automatic locking doors. And stay away from high poverty areas. Also, not being female or Asian helps.
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