A 52-year-old Papakura man has been arrested in relation to
an attack on a Buddhist monk who was bashed unconscious at
his south Auckland monastery.
The arrested man will appear in the Papakura District Court
on October 17 charged with aggravated robbery.
Senior Venerable Thich Phuoc An, also known as Master An, was
assaulted and handcuffed during a robbery at the Quan Am
Buddhist Monastery south of Auckland on August 16.
He was hospitalised with fractures and a serious head wound.
"The arrest came about as a result of public assistance after
the case appeared on Police 10/7," said police spokeswoman
Police said three people were seen on CCTV footage.
"We're following lines of inquiry to establish the other
people involved in the incident," Ms Mathews said.
A temple member, who told the Herald about the arrest, said
the devotees were hopeful that the others would soon be
"For a while, we thought the attackers will get away with
this nasty robbery and beating of our master," said the
member, who did not want to be identified.
"We are all very happy with this arrest and now think it is
just a matter of time before the others will be arrested,
too." She said members have been on guard and "very
wary"about visiting the temple.
She said the 58-year-old monk had "fully recovered"from his
injuries although his arm, which was broken, remained "very
Master An had said that the robbers continued to beat him
even after he gave them all the cash he had, which was coins
from the temple donation box.
The attackers also smashed a $40,000 cabinet and took away
keys to the temple locks and the monk's cellphone.
- Lincoln Tan of the NZ Herald