Friday, December 27, 2013

Well done NZ Police

It's all too easy to criticise the NZ Police. But that needs to be balanced by thanking them for jobs well done.

And they have certainly acted quickly to find those responsible for a cowardly attack on visitors to New Zealand; the Herald reports:

Four teenagers will appear in court today charged in relation to the Boxing Day attack and robbery of a German couple in Whakatane.
Three males, aged 14, 17 and 18 and a 15-year-old female have been charged with aggravated robbery and will appear in the Whakatane District Court, police said.
All accused were from the Bay of Plenty.
Police were still looking for a fifth youth who was also believed to have been involved in the incident.
The couple, a 19-year-old man and an 18-year-old woman - were attacked in their tent early yesterday morning.
The man lost teeth and suffered cuts and bruises and the woman suffered facial and arm injuries, including fractures.
They remained in Whakatane Hospital overnight recovering from their injuries.

Attacks on tourists are all too common, and if found guilty, it is to be hoped that these alleged offenders will be dealt with severely. Attacking tourists in their tent is akin to a home invasion, and we hope that the Police look at the legal niceties of upgrading the charges.

In the meantime, we add our thoughts and prayers to the tide of kind messages and practical support that the German couple has received as the Whakatane community and people from around New Zealand rally around them. Whilst there is a sub-culture in New Zealand which thinks that other people's property is theirs by right, most New Zealanders are sickened by this random violence.


Quintin Hogg said...

There are days I think that the harsh response of sharia law would be entirely appropriate for some of the malcontents who live in this country.

Keeping Stock said...

No argument from me on that count QH.