NZ Herald Mar 01, 2009
A teenage boy was being questioned by police yesterday after a dairy was held up at gunpoint for icecream and chocolate biscuits – prompting calls for urgent action on youth crime. A security tape of the robbery shows three boys – two wearing masks – enter the Edendale Superette in Auckland’s inner suburbs. One of the boys pulls out what appears to be a silver pistol and points it at shopkeeper Shazia Hussain who was alone in the shop with her two-month old baby sleeping in a back room. While one boy waves the pistol, the other two pack a bag with icecream and chocolate. They then demand cigarettes and cash, making off with about $400.
The alleged robbery is the latest in a string of violent offences carried out by teenagers which includes the bashing of Scot Stuart Martin, 31, who was in New Zealand to attend a friend’s wedding. He was in a coma in hospital yesterday as the wedding went ahead. The number of young people arrested for violent crimes in New Zealand has soared by 50 per cent in the 10 years to 2007 while other offending has stayed static….Family First NZ director Bob McCoskrie said the country was becoming desensitised over violent crime committed by teenagers.