Victim surprised at level of violence

After moving back to Dunedin last year, Jared never thought he would be the victim of a violent assault in the city. Photo: Gerard O'Brien
After moving back to Dunedin last year, Jared never thought he would be the victim of a violent assault in the city. Photo: Gerard O'Brien
A man whose cheekbone and nose were broken during a road-rage attack just 50m from his home says he never thought he would be the victim of a violent crime in Dunedin.

On Tuesday night Jared, who did not want his last name published, was driving home in Mornington when he was blocked from turning right into Galloway St from Whitby St by a car.

Shortly after, another vehicle also tried to turn into the road, effectively blocking him from both sides.

After sounding his horn and flicking his lights at the car in front of him, he tried to speak to the woman in the driver’s seat to ask her to let him through.

After asking politely the first time, Jared said he asked again and while it was not as polite, it was not aggressive.

Shortly after that two men wearing hoodies left the car and walked towards him.

‘‘I thought something was awry then so I quickly took a photo of the car and the driver, which they didn’t really appreciate.

‘‘Then I tried to lock the car door but since it’s my aunty’s car I couldn’t find the automatic lock.

‘‘Then I hear two punches on the window, then next thing I know I’m on the passenger’s side just p***ing with blood.’’

He was taken to Dunedin Hospital’s emergency department, where he was told both his cheekbone and nose were broken and might require surgery.

‘‘I was absolutely gobsmacked that this would happen here in Dunedin only 50m from my home, and these guys were so casual about it.’’

Police had taken a statement from him and the woman who was in the third vehicle during the attack, he said.

A police spokeswoman said no arrests had been made but inquiries were ongoing.

Comments

Dunedin is a violent place, all over. Carry a cattle prod.

I've travelled all over the world to over 100 cities in the last 30 years. My birth town Dunedin is the only place I've been punched whilst crossing the road at about 10 pm one Friday night, this happened 20 odd years ago, Await a reply from 'Potocki d' Anti Nazi Resistance'

Da da. Free Warsaw. Solidarnosc.

Return2, Did you subscribe back in the days of old, when we did OUR OWN HEADLINES! for this tuppenny ha'penny rag? I recall a chap saying he was leaving Dun. I mention it because we were a bunch of regulars.

A policewoman was severely beaten by a Scion of Auckland vintning. Close contact non lethal (stun) self defence for her, adapted cattle prod for civilians.

Potocki d' Anti Nazi Resistance you speak in riddles just like the joker from Batman

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