A man has been charged with assaulting a trainee teacher
outside a McDonald's in central Auckland early yesterday.
Police arrested the 27-year-old man today and charged him
over the attack on Tarun Asthana, which happened near the
intersection of Queen and Customs Street about 5.10am
Mr Asthana, 25, remained on life support in Auckland City
Hospital, police said.
Inquiries were continuing and police were seeking any
information from anyone who was in the area at the time and
witnessed the assault.
Police said Mr Asthana was standing on the pavement after
leaving McDonald's when he and another male spoke briefly.
Detective Senior Sergeant Peter Florence said Mr Asthana was
punched in the head and fell "heavily", striking his head on
His friend Eddie Lo, had been to see Mr Asthana yesterday.
"His mother was at his side praying. The waiting room and the
entire hallway was filled up with friends and family. It was
packed. There was a lot of grieving, a lot of crying," he
Mr Florence said the alleged attacker had been in McDonald's
with several other men and women and the group had left
straight after the attack toward Quay St.