BAD: Paraglider lands and gets beaten up by 3 X 14 year olds
Paraglider attack caught on tape
Thursday, 23 October 2008
A man suffered a suspected broken nose and eye socket after allegedly being attacked by three youths when he landed his paraglider on Mount Maunganui yesterday.
Three 14-year-old boys were appearing in Tauranga Youth Court today on assault charges after the attack on 39-year-old Dave Edwards. Police said other charges may be laid.
Mount Manganui acting Senior Sergeant Craig Madden said police received a report that a number of people were assaulting a paraglider on the summit of Mauao (the Mount) about 12.20pm.
The attack was caught on tape.
The Bay of Plenty Times reported today the boys were believed to be part of a programme for troubled youth visiting the iconic landmark.
Mr Edwards was attacked after he landed his paraglider to speak to a group of five teenagers, some of whom were threatening to throw rocks at him.
Fearing for his safety, he had yelled at the group not to throw the rocks, before deciding to land.
As he landed, one of the boys charged at him, Mr Edwards said.
He was able to hold down the first boy but when he looked up to see the others he received a "soccer kick' to the face - the force lifting him off the ground and rolling him over.
Video footage, being used by a friend to record Mr Edwards in flight, reveals he was then kicked in the back of the head followed by a series of punches.
Mr Edwards said the woman in charge of supervising the boys, believed to be attending a Whakatane-based programme for troubled youth, said it was hard to control them.
The attack was witnessed by several people.
Mr Edwards was taken from the summit by quad bike to an ambulance waiting at the base. He was taken to Tauranga Hospital, where he was checked and released.
Dave Shaw, president of the Tauranga Hang Gliding and Paragliding Club, was shocked by the incident.
"This is the Mount, where it's supposed to be for tourists, you don't expect to see people getting bashed up."