A police constable was punched and had a tooth broken as four
police officers using pepper spray and physical force
struggled to subdue a violent man in Northland.
The offender had allegedly been involved in a violent assault
on another man.
A Mangawhai man was knocked unconscious when he fell on the
footpath after being punched and kicked by a 27-year-old
Otangarei man about 4am yesterday.
The man's attacker was held in custody overnight and was
expected to appear in Whangarei Court today on charges
including aggravated assault, injuring with intent and
A police spokesman said the offender was with several others
who had set upon the victim in Vine St. When the victim
backed away trying to protect his head with his arms, the
attacker allegedly continued to deliver heavy blows.
When police arrived, pepper spray failed to subdue the
heavily intoxicated man, who resisted arrest and landed
several punches, one of which broke a constable's tooth.
Police attended another violent incident at 11.30am yesterday
when a 19-year old man allegedly assaulted his partner at
their Raumanga home. The man was stopped attempting to drive
off and charged with assault with intent to injure, breach of
bail conditions and driving while disqualified.
- Lindy Laird of The Northern Advocate