Two men who carried out a "serious and abhorrent" attack an
84-year-old man in his home live close to their victim just
north of Te Kao, police believe.
The attack occurred sometime between 1am and 5am on Friday,
but most likely about 3.30am, at an isolated house 65km north
of Kaitaia. The man needed hospital treatment for his
Senior Constable Tracee Knowler said a struggle ensued after
two intruders pushed the man up against a wall, possibly
dislocating his shoulder. They demanded alcohol, but left
empty handed when they found he had none.
The man managed to raise the alarm by knocking on a
neighbour's door about 5am. He was taken to Kaitaia Hospital
Ms Knowler said she was confident the man's attackers lived
in the area and urged anyone with information, even if it was
at this stage just a rumour, to call her at the Houhora
station on (09) 409 8822.
The attack on an elderly man was "serious and abhorrent".
"This is a tragic thing to happen at any age, let alone to
someone who's aged 84," she said.
Meanwhile Ms Knowler, New Zealand's northernmost police
officer, has used Facebook to track down three drivers
responsible for a series of donuts and burnouts outside
Houhora Big Game and Sport Fishing Club.
After seeing the mess on the main road outside the club's
tidy grounds she appealed to the public for information via
the Houhora police Facebook page.
It is understood she was sent more than 20 photos of the
incident, which occurred during a private daytime function on
The three drivers handed themselves in rather than wait to be
tracked down. Each has been fined $600 for operating a
vehicle in a manner liable to cause injury, damage or
Ms Knowler commended the drivers for contacting her rather
than making her waste time and energy looking for them.
- By Peter de Graaf of the Northern Advocate