Central Leader : March 16th 2011
www.centralleader.co.nz Wednesday, March 16, 2011 extra content, extra early, extra special! online editions Essential local news available now, wherever you are...and it's FREE! Just click on "Latest Edition" at www.centralleader.co.nz Central Leader online editions have exciting extras for all our readers -- including video and back issues. Get online now for a total multi media experience with the latest local news -- anywhere, anytime. Stabbing near daycare By RHIANNON HORRELL and HANNAH SPYKSMA Crime scene, left: Police dust a vehicle for evidence after the double stabbing. Photos: JASON OXENHAM Close to home, above: Unitec Childcare Centre manager Marlise Shadbolt says children were sent inside and distracted after a double stabbing took place nearby last Thursday. A DOUBLE stabbing near a childcare centre saw staff dis- tracting preschoolers to keep them away from the scene outside. The Unitec Childcare Cen- tre borders the southern carpark where the alleged offenders fled in a vehicle after two men in their early 20s were stabbed nearby. The men were stabbed in another carpark of Unitec's Mt Albert campus on March 10. Two men have been arrested in relation to the incident which took place at 2.20pm while a large music festival, Sounds in the Sun, was under way on campus grounds. Centre manager Marlise Shadbolt says the children's play area does not face directly into the carpark. We were fine -- the build- ing most affected was the other side. The children were oblivious. The staff were very professional about it, they knew exactly what to do.'' She says the only issue was when the carpark was cordoned off which meant parents coming to collect chil- dren had to find an alterna- tive route. Mt Albert parent Kristy Oxenham was on her way to collect her daughter when she noticed police in the area. There was an awful lot of traffic. Police were zooming past with their lights on and there was a cordon which we couldn't enter. It's alarming to think something might have happened in such a close proximity. It was stressful when I turned up because the kids were right next to it. I did run into the centre a lot faster than normal. I know the outdoor area has an open fence next to the carpark. The daycare had assessed the situation straight away and did all the right things but it still gave me a fright.'' Detective sergeant Jason McIntosh of the Avondale police says a 15-year-old student from west Auckland has appeared in the Auckland District Court on two charges of wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm. A 19-year-old west Auck- land man also appeared in court on Monday charged with assault with a weapon. Mr McIntosh says the 15-year-old has been remanded to the care of Child, Youth and Family to reappear in court tomorrow and the 19-year-old has been remanded on bail to reappear in court on April 4. Both victims remain in a stable condition at Auckland Hospital and had emergency surgery last week for stab wounds. Mr McIntosh says inquiries into the matter are continu- ing. Unitec communications manager Darren Horsman says a full evaluation of cam- pus security and a review of the festival will take place. It was dealt with quickly,'' he says. It took place at the south- ern end of the campus so it was quite a long distance from the Sounds in the Sun orientation festival. It was a 15 to 20-minute walk. We're co-operating with police and giving all students any support they might need.''
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