May 21, 2010

NEW ZEALAND: Mother holding baby goes to aid of elderly motorist

TAURANGA, New Zealand / Bay of Plenty Times / May 20, 2010

By Kiri Gillespie

A woman holding a seven-week-old baby rushed to the defence of an elderly motorist who was being beaten by a man armed with a softball bat at a Tauranga supermarket yesterday.

Tauranga women Kim, holding baby Jade, and Raewyn have been hailed as heroes for stopping a man allegedly attacking a senior citizen with a steel baseball bat in Pak n' Save's underground carpark yesterday. BAY OF PLENTY TIMES

The victim says he owes the woman his life.

He and his wife had parked in the underground carpark of Pak n' Save on Cameron Rd at 3pm, when he approached the driver of another car parked nearby. He believed the driver was responsible for damage to his car from an earlier carpark incident. But the man attacked him.

Two women aged in their early 20s, who only wanted to be known as Kim and Raewyn, were putting their groceries and young children in their car a few metres away, when they heard the commotion. The women had two more young children in their car. Kim said the decision to put herself and her baby at risk was made on adrenaline and urgency.

Shortly afterwards the victim, still bleeding from his arms, gave the two women $100 each from his wallet.

He told the Bay of Plenty Times he was forever indebted to them.

A 21-year-old panelbeater from Papamoa has been arrested and charged with assault with a blunt instrument and is expected to appear in Tauranga District Court next Wednesday. [rc]

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