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Men assaulted in a ‘nasty, unprovoked’ attack
Two men were assaulted by a group
with an axe in a “nasty, unprovoked”
attack while they were on a fishing trip
north of Auckland, leaving one man
with serious facial injuries.
The men, of Korean descent, were
fishing at Ti Point Wharf in Leigh in
the early hours of Wednesday.
Also fishing were two other groups
two men who were believed to be
the offenders, and a third man, who was
fishing by himself, detective constable
Jackson Shewry of Rodney police said.
One of the Korean men went back
to the car to have a sleep but was
woken by knocking on the window. He
recognised the man as one of the pair
he had just seen fishing.
The man, holding a small axe,
demanded the victim’s keys and wallet,
which he handed over.
Despite complying, the offender then
punched him around the head and face,
before attempting to steal the car, but
crashed it into another parked car, Mr
The victim was then assaulted with
the axe and knocked unconscious.
During the assault the victim’s friend
heard the commotion and came to his
He was assaulted by both the offender
and a second man, who was seen earlier
with the first offender at the wharf. He
was punched in the head and face and
fell into a bush area, Mr Shewry said.
The attackers left in their own vehicle,
which was described as a five-door,
dark-coloured people mover, possibly a
The second victim then realised his
friend was missing and searched for
him for some time, eventually finding
him injured and laying on rocks some
distance away, he said.
“This was a nasty, unprovoked attack
on two men who were simply enjoying
a night out fishing.
“The first victim received serious
facial injuries, including a fractured
cheek and jaw, as well as a head wound
and cuts to his hands and his upper
“He is likely to require ongoing
specialist treatment for the damage to
The second victim had cuts and
bruises to his facial area and a possible
fractured hand, Mr Shewry said.
The man who had been fishing by
himself was believed to have chatted
to the two offenders, but left before the
incident happened. Police would like to
speak to this man as soon as possible.
The first offender was described as
Maori or Pacific Islander, about 1.75m
tall, aged between 25-35. He wore a
hooded sweatshirt and three-quarter
The second offender was described as
Maori or Pacific Islander, about 1.78-
1.8m tall, aged in his late 30s.
The lone fisherman was described as a
tall Maori or Pacific Islander of skinny
build. He was driving a white-coloured
older model station wagon, which had
a rear tail light that was not working.
He also had a large dog with him, Mr
“ We have a number of inquiries
underway and have conducted a
forensic scene examination at the
wharf.” — NZME
Scalpers quick to list Fleetwood
Mac tickets on-line
Minutes after the D unedin
Fleetwood Mac concert sold out,
scalpers started listing tickets on-
But a concerned promoter says
fans should refuse to pay the
inflated prices as tickets can be
secured other ways.
The concert on November 18 sold
out in less than an hour of going
on full public sale on Wednesday.
A auction for a pair of tickets
worth $398 had a bid of more than
$600 when it closed yesterday.
A similar listing fetched a similar
Another pair of tickets worth
about $600 had a bid of more than
$1200 when the auction closed
yesterday. Live Nation Australasia
chief executive Michael Coppel
said scalpers taking advantage of
fans by extorting inflated prices for
tickets was a concern.
Tickets were still available to
American Express card holders at
standard prices, and limited VIP
package were available.
scalper to secure your ticket,” Mr
The entertainment company was
working to make more tickets
available for the only South Island
show and hoped to have “good
news” to announce in a couple of
Trade Me trust and safety head
Jon D uffy said the reselling of
concert tickets was legal.
A Live Nation spokeswoman
said more than 28,000 tickets
had sold for the D unedin concert
and a second D unedin show was
Ticket Direct chief executive
Matthew Davey said he was
“stoked ” the D unedin-based
ticketing ser vice could help get the
event to the city.
He apologised for a “glitch”
delaying the pre-sale on Monday
by an hour.
The pre-sale tickets sold fast and
the “ last handful of tickets” sold on
Wednesday was a great result and
“ bodes well” for other big events
coming to D unedin, Mr Davey
Otago Daily Times
Teenage heros ‘devastated’ by death
A teenage hero who helped to rescue
a drowning man is devastated she will
never get to meet the student she saved.
Police said Boobesh Palani, 26, died at
Wellington Hospital yesterday morning
with friends at his side.
Cousins Kelly McKay, 15, and Payge
Olds, 16, helped to rescue Mr Palani,
who almost drowned in Wellington
Harbour on Monday night.
Mr Palani was studying in New
Kelly was told yesterday morning
Mr Palani was still alive. But yesterday
evening she received a call from Victim
Support telling her the sad news.
“ It ’s just been awful,” she said.
She said the cousins were with Mr
Palani when he was taken to hospital.
Kelly said she was told she couldn’t see
him when the cousins went back to visit
him later in the week.
“So we stayed there for about three
hours and then they said they can’t give
out any information because we don’t
know him or anything. Me and Payge
really, really, really wanted to go and see
him. But I guess we can’t now.”
Kelly said she and Payge were eager
to find out if Mr Palani would have his
funeral here or in India.
She said she would like to meet Mr
Palani’s friends as well.
The hospital said it did not allow
people to visit patients in intensive care
or the maternity ward without family
“O bviously the hospital staff would
make decisions about whether someone
was fit to have visitors. There are some
people who, if they ’re in a critical
condition, it ’s just not suitable to have
visitors,” a spokeswoman said.
It was not immediately clear if
exceptions were ever made.
“It’s really important the family and
the patient will be comfortable with
who’s visiting them.”
Earlier in the week, Payge spoke of she
and Kelly’s efforts to rescue Mr Palani,
for which they were hailed by police as
“No one else was jumping in so I just
thought, you know what, I am just going
to step up and do it because we just need
to help this guy before it ’s too late,”
She swam between 70-80m out to the
drowning man, guided by two men on
the shore who were shining lights on the
When she reached Mr Palani he was
“I just turned him over so his head was
out of the water and then tried my best
to get him back to shore,” she said. “He
was so much bigger than me it was really
hard to lift him.”
Payge said she began to panic, so she
called out to shore and two men, aged 25
and 19, swam out to help her.
“They helped me bring him back. I was
just freaking out that I wasn’t going to
be able to get him over, I was screaming
and yelling and almost in tears. ”
When Mr Palani was eventually pulled
to shore, Kelly performed CPR before
emergency ser vices arrived.
Mr Palani’s identity was initially
unknown, but a New Zealander in Sri
Lanka who saw the man’s photo on New
Zealand news websites identified him.
f lout Easter
trading laws again
Easter trading laws are again
being flouted by some garden
centres which are refusing to close.
Shops must close on Good Friday
and Easter Sunday, and face a
$1000 fine if they do not. However,
some shops that sell necessities,
such as dairies and service stations,
are allowed to open.
Oderings Garden Centre has
opened its 10 stores over the
weekend. The garden centre chain
has opened every Easter weekend
“It ’s a tradition,”
Oderings manager Ellen Hines
“It ’s been a busy day, I can’t believe
it — people beat me to work. ”
While a labour inspector had not
turned up by the afternoon, Ms
Hines said she was expecting a visit.
Rival garden centre company
Kings Plant Barn also opened its
The Ministry of Business,
Innovation and Employment did
not provide figures on the number
of businesses visited yesterday.
Its website said there were three
and a half days when almost all
shops were required to be closed
Christmas Day, Good Friday,
Easter Sunday and Anzac Day,
Shops that were allowed to open
were ones that sold items people
could not put off buying until
the next day, such as baby formula
or pet food, and the quantity of
goods for sale was no more than
needed to meet the needs of people
in the area.
Retailers were also allowed to sell
goods, but not ser vices.
Video stores were able to rent
videos, but not sell them and
hair salons were allowed to provide
a hair cutting service, but were not
allowed to sell hair products, the
Also, a shop that was situated
on a premises where there was a
bona fide exhibition or show could
sell goods that were somehow
connected to that show or
The bona fide exhibition or
show must be devoted entirely
or primarily to agriculture, art,
industry and science, the website
Computer hacker steals man’s money before his eyes
A New Zealand man watched
powerlessly as a computer hacker
remotely accessed his PC and started
draining his Pay Pal account with on-line
Hamilton man Girish Kuruvilla
woke at 3am to the sound of his mobile
phone vibrating incessantly, and thinking
it might be a family emergency from his
native India he went to take the phone
call. Instead, the screen of his smartphone
was flooded with e-mails confirming
purchases made from his Pay Pal account
that was linked to his ANZ credit card.
Mr Kuruvilla said the March 4 cyber
attack was frightening.
He said his computer screen was lit
up and he could see the mouse moving
and purchasing nearly $3000 worth of
expensive computer parts and perfumes
that were being shipped to the same
mailing address in Israel.
“It was scary, I was literally watching my
money disappear before my eyes.”
Despite his attempts to lock the hacker
out of his computer with virus protection,
the person kept getting back through so
Mr Kuruvilla phoned Pay Pal and ANZ
to close his account and credit card.
“In my Pay Pal account I had about
$3000 but it was connected to my credit
card with a $17,000 limit and he was
just going for it — just shopping and
Pay Pal refunded Mr Kuruvilla’s stolen
funds and his credit card remained
untouched so he did not report it to
police. However, he hoped by sharing
his experience it would open other New
Zealanders’ eyes to cyber threats.
Net Safe executive director Martin
Cocker said Mr Kuruvilla’s attack was
“Something as specific as this is not
“For someone to remotely take over a
computer there is a number of steps the
criminal has to successfully go through
which is relatively difficult so you don’t
hear about that every day, but the risk is
there every day.” — NZME
An intoxicated man with a rifle, whose
hunger got the better of him, appeared
Mastererton District Court in the week.
Johnathan Steven Newcombe, 27,
Featherston, was driving on Western
Lake Road in March 8 when he veered
into a roadside bank. Police found he had
a breath alcohol reading of 888mg —
more than three times the legal limit of
250mcg. A .22 Marlin rifle was found in
Newcombe, a dairy farmer, appeared in
the court on Thursday and pleaded guilty
to drink-driving and possessing a firearm
Defence lawyer Ian Hard said his client
had had a “few drinks” and had gone out
to get some food. Newcombe had no prior
history. “It was an error of judgment.”
Mr Hard said that, at first glance, the
firearm charge might have appeared
serious but there were strong mitigating
“He’d been for a hunt earlier in the day,
when he was using the gun he had not
been drinking alcohol.
“The gun was simply in the car at the
Judge Barbara Morris said the gun was
on the seat of the car.
“There is no suggestion that the gun was
there for anything other than legitimate
purposes.” She said it was still not a good
idea to have a gun in the presence of
alcohol and he was well over double the
“ You were running off to try and get
some assistance with your car which had
gone off into a roadside bank.”
She said it was “fraught with difficulty
and fraught with danger” to drive with
that amount of alcohol in his system.
On the drink-driving charge, he was
fined $700, and disqualified him from
driving for seven months. On the firearms
charge, she ordered no sentence.
A 29-year-old Carterton man was also
convicted of drink-driving, with more
than 1000mg of alcohol per litre of
Tony Andrew Shepherd, a vineyard
supervisor, pleaded guilty to driving
on Lincoln Road in Carterton with
excess breath alcohol on February 20.
His lawyer, Virginia Pearson, said he
had taken responsibility at the earliest
Judge Morris said his breath alcohol
reading was 1095mg.
“ With a reading such as this, you were
placing yourself and others at risk.”
She convicted him and sentenced him
to nine months’ super vision, ordered him
to get a drug and alcohol assessment and
counselling as directed.
He was indefinitely disqualified from
Drunk-driver had a rifle
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