professional cyclist in New Zealand for a series of races had
his cheek and eye socket broken by a "king-hit" during an
unprovoked late-night assault.
Just hours after competing in the New Zealand Criterium
Championships a fortnight ago in Takapuna, 24-year-old Matt
Cronshaw was knocked out by a stranger who took exception to
North Shore police are investigating the incident, which
occurred about 1am on Saturday, November 16. Mr Cronshaw was
confronted outside the Hurstmere Rd Mac's Brew Bar in
Takapuna by three men - one of whom attacked him.
Mr Cronshaw who days earlier - had won one of the stages of
the Tour of Southland - can't remember the incident, or
anything from about two hours earlier. His friends have
helped him fill in the blanks.
"I was wearing a T-shirt that's multi-coloured and it's got
cats on it. I kind of wear it because it's a bit funny, it's
a talking point. They called me a faggot or something. I
asked him what his problem was and asked why he didn't like
"My mate said one of the guys just swung a big king-hit. He
said it sounded like movie sound effects, like two planks of
wood smacking together."
North Shore police released CCTV pictures of the two men
they believe may have been involved in the serious assault
on Matt Cronshaw over the T-shirt he was wearing.
He was unconscious before he hit the ground, his friends
told him, and he didn't come around for about three minutes.
The punch fractured his cheekbone and eye socket in three
The incident happened just weeks after Auckland student Tarun
Asthana, 25, died as a result of a similar one-hit attack
from 27-year-old naval rating Grenville David McFarland.
The similarities were frightening, Mr Cronshaw said.
"It's one of those things that does scare me about going out.
You can just bump into the wrong person and that could be it.
If it's someone looking for a fight, then you don't have any
control of the situation."
Police have released photos of the men they believe were
involved in the incident.
"This was an unprovoked attack that had very serious
consequences for this young man. The victim had come to New
Zealand to take part in a sporting event," Constable Rob Thow
Anyone with information should call Mr Thow on (09) 353 0583
or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.
- Sam Boyer of the New Zealand Herald