A savage beating of an Auckland scholar at Otahuhu prepare station raises security issues


A brutal assault through which an Auckland college scholar was kicked within the head and virtually thrown on prepare tracks has horrified his mom and raised issues about public security.

The 14-year-old One Tree Hill Faculty scholar was allegedly knocked to the bottom in an assault at Otahuhu station yesterday in entrance of safety and witnesses.

His mom Ina Matua mentioned two older boys – one reportedly in a Kelston Boys’ Excessive Faculty uniform – continued kicking for as much as three minutes with out anybody, together with the safety guards, intervening.

The attack happened at Otahuhu Station Photo / Dean Purcell
The assault occurred at Otahuhu Station Photograph / Dean Purcell

The boys then tried to pull him throughout the platform and hurl him on to the tracks, however had been prevented by the youthful scholar’s determined struggles.

As a member of One Tree Hill’s first XV rugby facet, he had stayed again for follow after college yesterday earlier than assembly two feminine associates and heading residence with them.

The trio walked to Ellerslie station, however as soon as on the prepare, the 2 older boys sat close by and started to “eye-off” the ladies and “freak them out”, in keeping with Ina’s son.

Once they then acquired off at Otahuhu station at about 5.40pm, the boys adopted.

Ina’s son turned to them, however the boys closed in, saying “what are you , let’s do it, lets have a one-on-one”.

He formed as much as them however was knocked down by the second punch earlier than they each began “low-blowing him on the bottom” for about two-to-three minutes.

As many as 5 kicks rained down on his ear, throat and into his ribs, whereas additionally they stomped on his foot.

The ladies rushed to a close-by safety employees member, calling on him to assist. He headed to a management room the place he apparently referred to as the police, the ladies instructed Ina.

Different safety employees had been close by but additionally did not rush to assist, the ladies mentioned.

One other witness, who was a physician from Starship Youngsters’s Hospital, later additionally instructed Ina that she had approached safety employees for assist however they would not get shut.

Ina Matua questioned why security staff didn't try to step in and help her son while he was being attacked at Otahuhu station. Photo / Supplied
Ina Matua questioned why safety employees did not attempt to step in and assist her son whereas he was being attacked at Otahuhu station. Photograph / Provided

Later at hospital, her bruised and bloodied son was discovered to have concussion however in any other case escaped severe damage.

Matua mentioned police and Auckland Transport had given nice assist for the reason that assault, however she questioned why safety employees had been posted on trains and at stations if they would not intervene throughout assaults.

“It might have been worse – they may have killed my son,” Ina mentioned.

“A prepare might have come in the event that they threw him on the monitor.”

“It makes me ask why would you be in a safety place while you did not attempt to assist somebody who was asking for assist – it nonetheless hurts to speak about it.”

An Auckland Transport spokesman mentioned safety employees had been employed as a deterrent in opposition to crime.

“The [staff] referred to as the police, police attended the scene and we can be working with police on any CCTV footage,” he mentioned.

Police had been nonetheless inquiring into the incident however had been but to make any arrests, a police spokeswoman mentioned.

Ina mentioned the incident left her with continued fears for her son’s security when utilizing public transport.

The student's bloddied ear after the attack. Photo / Supplied
The scholar’s bloddied ear after the assault. Photograph / Provided

The household this morning instructed One Tree Hill Faculty what had occurred after which additionally spoke with Kelston Boys’ Excessive Faculty.

The Herald couldn’t attain anybody at Kelston Boys’ for remark.

One Tree Hill principal Nick Coughlan mentioned Ina’s son was a high quality scholar and the college was now doing its greatest to assist the household.

However Ina now remained involved about letting her son do after hours actions as a result of it meant he could not catch the college bus and would as a substitute should take public transport.

She additionally urged her son’s attackers at hand themselves in.

“They only want to come back ahead,” she mentioned.

The student's bloodied shirt. Photo / Supplied
The scholar’s bloodied shirt. Photograph / Provided

“There may be at all times two sides to a narrative, and even when my son possibly did one thing incorrect that he’s not saying, come ahead as a result of that might aid you.”

“I am approachable.”