Give that man a DB

I am sure there was a movie about idiots like this:

A gun-toting thug picked the wrong couple to pull a pistol on at the Hamilton Gardens yesterday.

Instead of pocketing one or two wallets from frightened tourists, the 19-year-old found himself disarmed and pinned against the tarseal.

The attempted mugging is the latest in a string of incidents in or near the city’s prime tourist attraction, casting further doubt on the area’s safety.

Chartwell man Ian Morgan, 69, witnessed the incident and stepped in to help.

He runs a sober driving service and was waiting to pick up clients near the gate one barrier about 1am when he saw a couple walk past. 

They had been at a charity auction to help send police dog handler and armed offenders squad member Blair Spalding to Germany for specialist neurosurgery to remove a brain tumour.

Mr Morgan noticed another figure on the couple’s tail.

The situation escalated at the road barrier when the balaclava-clad man pulled out a gun, Mr Morgan said.

“Some discussion went on and next minute I see the man push the gun away and slam the guy on the ground. The guy made a bit of a mistake because the man he confronted was an off-duty policeman.

“The policeman had him on the ground, and I went along and helped to restrain him. When we realised there was a gun involved, we weren’t that keen on letting him up again.”

The offender remained pinned to the road until police arrived and arrested him.


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  • PlanetOrphan

    He/they deserves a 6 pack at least, well done M8!

  • LabTested

    I just spent 17 days travelling around the north island with friends from Europe. We hit Hamilton on a Saturday & they rated it as the best night spot in nz (north island of course as we did not do the si)

    hamilton seems to have a very well concentrated bar area with a friendly environment. I liked it that you could just wander 2 doors down & find a different band.

    No agro. Happy bouncers

    • Mr_Blobby

      Tend to agree a bit. Have heard of worse in Rotorua, with drunk female tourists being taken advantage of and then, just quietly leaving the country.

  • LesleyNZ

    Good story!

  • JeffDaRef

    Am sure we’ll have a family conference, tales of woe about his upbringing and he’ll be back out doing the same within a month.
    More the pity the copper didnt carry his baton when offduty…

    • Mr_Blobby

      Within days, an incident like that doesn’t even rate a wet bus ticket these days. Fortunately it was an off duty Police office an ordinary member of the public would have been charged with assault.

  • tarkwin

    They should lock this guy in a small cell with Kim Dot Con, some Viagra and a jar of vaseline laced with chilli powder.

    • Mr_Blobby

      You sick fuck, that is just nasty.

      • tarkwin

        Even worse, it’s lunch time.

      • 4077th

        Yeah I second that MB, it’s a bloody waste of perfectly good chili powder!

    • 4077th

      I can’t make up my mind who should take the Viagra

      • tarkwin

        Could be worse – I’m having a horrible vision of rolling KDC in flour!

        • 4077th

          Ok win. I repeat what Blobby said!

  • steve and monique

    Lets hope his Whanau/Iwi sorts out their problems. Sorry,should not make assumptions regards race of said idiot

    • Mr_Blobby

      You mean standing around with dick in one hand and the other held out demanding money.

    • Morrissey

      So, if the “idiot” apprehended the other day turns out to be a Pakeha, you’ll be back here to apologize for turning your speculations into an anti-Maori rant?

      • steve and monique

        Will do,and if not then what will you do

  • Random66

    This is the second armed attack we have had down at the Hamilton Gardens in a week, the earlier attack was with a knife on two unsuspecting Chinese tourists at 3 in the afternoon. I no longer walk the river (commencing at the Hamilton Gardens) unless dogs or husband is in tow. Great to see this round went to the police.

    • LesleyNZ

      Wonder if previous attack was the same person?

      • steve and monique

        Sadly Hamilton has a large shithead population within walking distance of the gardens

      • Random66

        Don’t think so, the earlier incident involved two males with a knife, yesterdays only involved one male with a gun. Sadly agree with Steve and Monique we have absolutely no shortage of ratbags in Hamilton.

        • steve and monique

          Fairfield,Melville,Enderley,Nawton,Frankton,and to a degree Hillcrest. All suburbs of Hamilton that has a high percentage of ratbags,(and whanau) living in Govt funded housing,breeding like flies,and sucking the taxpayer tit dry..Fact I would start by kicking housing NZ’s arse for causing most of these scum families to congregate in groups(suburbs) In Hamilton.If they cant live crime free,then they should be kicked out.And do not get me started on the damage to the rental properties they cause..

  • Travis Poulson

    Give that man a DB? sheesh, I wouldn’t wish that upon my worst of enemies.

    • Mr_Blobby

      Agree. no class Whale Boy.