Tow truck driver bashed while he tried to seize car

A Mid North tow truck driver has been seriously assaulted when he visited a home.

The driver, who was acting on behalf of a Whangarei car company, went to a Kaikohe property on Tuesday morning to repossess a Subaru Legacy stationwagon.

Men from the address and neighbouring properties then allegedly set upon him, knocking him to ground.

He suffered a gash to the head, a swollen eye and multiple abrasions. The driver was taken to Whangarei Hospital for an eye examination and eight stitches to his head.

The car was driven away and was still missing yesterday. Kaikohe police Acting Senior Sergeant Pat Davis said one man had been charged but the investigation was ongoing.

Police were keen to hear from anyone who witnessed the incident at the corner of Guerin St and Mangakahia Rd about 8.30-9am on Tuesday.

They can call the Kaikohe station on (09) 405 2960 with any information.

A 60-year-old Kaikohe man appeared in the Kaikohe District Court on Tuesday charged with assault with intent to injure.

Derek Wiremu Wite Peehikuru, unemployed, was remanded on bail and is due back in court on April 9.

- Northern Advocate

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