A man who is on the run from police after allegedly cutting
his electronic ankle bracelet and escaping home detention is
believed to be behind an attack on a man who had been mowing
Levi Hemana, 19, has been wanted by police since December 30
when he breached his home detention conditions.
On Monday Hemana and a 17-year-old youth allegedly used
weapons in an unprovoked attack on a 39-year-old man who was
mowing the lawns at his Helensville home.
At about 3.30pm Hemana and the youth allegedly drove past the
victim's house. He looked up at their car, prompting the
It is understood the pair stopped the car and yelled to the
victim "what are you looking at?".
Police allege Hemana then challenged the victim to a fight
and started to threaten him. He then got back in the car and
The victim got in his own vehicle and followed Hemana and the
youth. He told police he hoped to get their licence plate
details, and followed them at a safe distance to Parakai.
The pair stopped at a bottle store and the victim attempted
to use his cellphone to photograph their car.
Hemana and the youth spotted the victim and ran at him, the
man said. It is alleged Hemana was brandishing a golf club
which he allegedly used to repeatedly hit the front
windscreen of the man's car.
The victim ran away, and was chased by Hemana and the youth
who police say were armed with a glass alcohol bottle.
The man hid behind a pole to avoid being hit, and told police
both of the alleged attackers tried to strike him with their
They then ran away and the victim, who was not injured,
Hemana is yet to be located but police later found the
17-year-old drinking with relatives. He has been charged with
assault with a weapon and intentional damage and appeared in
the Waitakere District Court this week.
Police are appealing to anyone who knows where Hemana is to
contact them, or for the 19-year-old to hand himself in.
If you can help, contact Helensville police on 09 4208967 or
if you want to provide information anonymously ring
Crimestoppers 0800 555 111.
- Anna Leask of the NZ Herald