Counties/Manukau Police have retrieved CCTV footage of men
they believe were involved in the aggravated robbery of the
Buddhist Monk at the Bombay Temple. The victim is second
from the left.
Police have released an image of the men they believe
attacked a Buddhist monk in a vicious robbery in Auckland.
The 58-year-old monk had been attacked with a baseball bat,
handcuffed and stomped on by three men who police said were
"seriously lacking any moral fortitude".
Police have released an image taken from CCTV footage from
the temple, in an effort to identify the offenders.
Emergency services were called to the Bombay Temple on Beaver
Road about 8.40pm on Friday.
Police said the offenders had smashed down the monk's front
ranch slider before assaulting him, binding him with
handcuffs and leading him to the temple.
The offenders continued the attack on the monk, leaving him
They fled with stolen property and attempted to get away in
the monk's vehicle, police said.
When they could not leave the premises in his vehicle they
abandoned it and left by other means.
The monk suffered a number of fractures and a significant
head wound and was receiving treatment in hospital.
Police described the attack as vicious and unprovoked, and
said the public could help by providing any information which
may identify the three offenders.
A number of suspicious vehicles had been seen in the area in
the days prior to the attack.
Police were also interested in any sightings or information
about a blue 2000 Mazda Capella hatchback, registration
Anyone with any information can contact either the Counties
Manukau CIB on 09 2611300 or Thomas.firstname.lastname@example.org.