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Coronavirus: CCTV shows Auckland essential workers’ car vandalised, then assault

An Auckland essential worker is devastated after a man attacked his new car following an illicit late-night party during level 3 restrictions.

The Saturday morning attack and subsequent assault on an intoxicated man was captured on CCTV and the footage supplied to Counties Manukau police.

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They have launched an investigation but the assailants remain at large.

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The footage shows a man running down Sohum Pl, in Manukau, shortly after 12.30am Saturday.

He then kicks a vehicle before punching out its rear window in one hit.

Another man, who appears intoxicated, saunters unsteadily into the frame, pursued by a third individual.

They exchange words before the third man pushes the other to the ground.


Late night level 3 carnage in Manukau saw a man left unconscious on the road and the windscreen of an essential workers’ car smashed.

His head bounces on the road, and he is rendered unconscious, sprawled in the middle of the street.

The smashed vehicle is a late model Jeep SUV belonging to an essential worker, who supplied the footage to Stuff.

Speaking on condition of anonymity, the man said he did not have insurance, and was devastated by the attack on his prized vehicle.

“I’m feeling really sad. I’m really exhausted,” the man who works in the dairy industry said.

His partner is not working after her work hours were cut due to Covid-19.

As a result, the couple were already struggling financially before the incident, he said.


The footage shows the hatless man smashing the Jeep, just before the man on the right pushes the third person to the ground.

The man said the damage to the Jeep would cost more than $1000 to fix.

The day after the incident he paid for insurance for his car, after considering it in the days prior.

“Because I don’t want these guys to come back tonight and break something else,” he said.

The people shown in the video do not live on the street and were at a nearby property for a party – in contravention of the Covid-19 alert level 3 rules in force in Auckland, the man said.

“I want these guys to be trespassed from our area.”

A police spokeswoman said officers were called to the street about 1am.

“When the report was made, the people had already left so police were not required,” the spokesman said.

A scenes-of-crime officer, who undertakes forensic testing such as gathering fingerprints, would be deployed to the street, she said.

The investigation was in its early stages but the spokeswoman confirmed police had the CCTV footage.


The man said the Jeep, with a smashed rear window, would cost $1000 to fix.

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