An Otara liquor shop owner who was stabbed during a fight outside his shop has been arrested.
Varinder Singh appeared in the Manukau District Court this afternoon on two charges of injuring with intent to injure. He was remanded on bail.
Detective Senior Sergeant Dave Pizzini would not give details on what happened outside the liquor shop on Tuesday night.
"The arrest serves as a reminder to all who take the law into their own hands that some circumstances cannot be justified," Mr Pizzini said.
He said further charges are expected to be laid against a 15-year-old allegedly involved in the incident and he couldn't rule out that others could also face charges.
Mr Pizzini said Mr Singh received a minor stab wound in his thigh while a young person had reasonably serious facial injuries including damage to his teeth and swelling to his nose and mouth area.
I hadn't given this too much thought, until I heard Det Sgt Pizzini on Larry Willaims's show a few minutes ago. The tenor of the interview was that the Police want to "send a message" to the likes of Mr Singh that it wasn't ok to take the law into their own hands, and that they should just dial 111 if they were being threatened or intimidated by a gang of young thugs. Legally, he may be right. But in practical terms, Mr Singh and his fellow businessmen have done the Otara business community a big service by drawing a line in the sand, and showing that they will not just stand by meekly and let these thugs walk all over them.
In the meantime, perhaps Det Sgt Pizzini should throw away the Howard Broad style of policing that is a cancer on law and order in this country. Instead of empowering thugs and bullies, Det Sgt Pizzini and his colleagues should be getting them off the streets.
UPDATE: And literally at the same time as Det Sgt Pizzini was talking to Larry Williams, a Lotto shopkeeper was stabbed in Avondale. The Herald reports:
A Lotto shopkeeper is in a serious condition in Auckland Hospital after being stabbed several times by an intruder.
Police say the incident happened at 5.20pm in the Auckland suburb of Avondale when the would-be customer came into the shop and stabbed the shopkeeper repeatedly in the upper body.
Police are reportedly talking to a young male at the scene.
But we needn't fear, because the government insists that the crime rate is falling, and we KNOW that we can trust the government don't we?