Tracing the movements of a stolen car will help catch the men
responsible for a brutal attack on a Buddhist monk, police
Senior Venerable Thich Phuoc An, known as Master An, was
seriously injured in an attack at his home at Quan Am
Buddhist Monastery, south of Auckland, on Friday night.
The 58-year-old was attacked with a baseball bat, handcuffed
and stomped on by three men who police said were "seriously
lacking any moral fortitude".
Officers investigating the aggravated robbery want
information about a blue Mazda stolen near Middlemore
Hospital sometime after 7.30am last Wednesday and seen at the
monastery the following day.
The car was seized by police on Saturday morning after being
abandoned behind shops at the intersection of Great South Rd
and Browns Rd in Manurewa.
Officers have also released an image from the temple's CCTV
system in an effort to identify the offenders.
The monk suffered multiple fractures and a significant head
wound. He needed hospital treatment but has since been
Police described the attack as vicious and unprovoked, and
appealed for anyone with information to contact Counties
Manukau CIB on (09) 261 1300 or Crimestoppers, anonymously,
on 0800 555 111.