Who is this man?
A MEMBER of Daniel Toresen’s ‘hit squad’ chased an Auckland car dealer on foot in peak-hour traffic and then allegedly threatened to kill him – but got off scot-free after police inexplicably turned a blind eye to the offending.
Today Whaleoil can reveal more details about the violent altercation between Toresen and car dealer John Murphy outside Countdown Greenlane and what can only be described as tunnel vision on the part of police in investigating the case.
Criminal charges have been laid, but they’re against Murphy – not Toresen and his associate who on the strength of the video evidence alone are clearly the aggressors.
The footage shows Toresen’s associate assaulting Murphy three separate times with a swinging car door – the force of the final blow sufficient to cause bruising to Murphy’s upper body.
Now a second video has emerged showing what happened when the dispute spilled out on to the streets of Greenlane.
As Toresen and his colleague attempt to leave the supermarket car park, Murphy tries to stop them by using his car as a blockade.
He told Whaleoil the move was designed to give police sufficient time to respond to his 111 call.
Aware of what Murphy is doing, Toresen and his associate change direction on to Greenlane Rd and the northern motorway on ramp.
But Murphy isn’t done.
With traffic gridlocked, Toresen and his associate slow to a stop allowing Murphy the opportunity to manoeuvre his vehicle in front of theirs – again a move aimed at preventing the pair from making their getaway.
The footage then shows Murphy reversing his vehicle towards Toresen’s car.
According to Murphy, the plan was to make ‘slow measured close contact ‘with Toresen’s car, which he says he managed to do at the first go, in the hope that would be sufficient to get Toresen to pull over to the side of the road until police arrived.
When there is no sign of that happening, Murphy reverses into Toresen’s car a second time – but claims due to his level of adrenal response, and the onset of significant pain, after being assaulted, he ends up going marginally faster than expected.
But Murphy said the video clearly showed the contact made to Toresen’s vehicle on both occasions was made at slow speeds, and was not intended to cause injury or anything but minimal vehicular damage.
Despite this, it is this action that has resulted in the Police laying the intentional damage charge, which has a maximum term of imprisonment of 7 years.
The question remains why police would charge Murphy over the incident but not Toresen’s associate, who uses a car door to strike and injure the car dealer on three separate occasions.
After the second collision, more drama follows – and again it’s Toresen’s associate who’s in the thick of the action.
After Toresen’s car is struck for the second time, Toresen’s associate exits Toresen’s car and runs to the passenger side of Murphy’s car.
He then opens the car door and tries to climb into Murphy’s vehicle, while at the same time threatening that he’s going to kill Murphy.
Concerned about the possibility of being assaulted again, Murphy attempts to drive off only to be confronted for a second time by Toresen’s associate who has worked himself up into a rage and is confronting Murphy at the passenger door window.
The man then delivers a swift kick to Murphy’s car door, leaving a sizeable dent in the vehicle’s rear panel.
According to Murphy, it’s a move designed to intimidate.
He maintains his conduct was not over the top given the circumstances and if it is viewed as a whole.
“All I was trying to do was get them to stop so police could deal with this matter. The plain fact of the matter was that I was provoked and then assaulted. When I reacted to stop them continuing the assault, and then leaving the area, my life was threatened by this man who was unlawfully trying to get into my car,” says Murphy.
“ Then my car was intentionally damaged after I was forced to accelerate away to avoid being assaulted for a second time. When you view the footage, it makes no sense that these men weren’t charged with assault, threatening to kill, attempting assault, and intentional damage. I can only assume they have the police in their pocket.”
Murphy attempted to lay a complaint against the men, but says it appears they got in first, driving immediately to Central Police Station – and police backed their version of events in spite of the video evidence.
John Murphy arrested after complaint from Toreson and his anonymous accomplice
Toresen declined a request for an interview, saying he was not in a position to comment as the matter was before the courts.
Dale Blyde, the officer handling the case, also did not respond to questions about why police had not charged either Toresen or his colleague in relation to the three alleged acts of assault against Murphy.
Stephen Cook is a multi award-winning journalist and former news editor and assistant editor of the Herald on Sunday.