Milk tanker attack: accused pleads guilty

The alleged incident happened at the intersection of Orini and Stokes roads about 1.20am on March 18. Photo: Kelly Hodel/Stuff.

A teenager has admitted attacking a Waikato milk tanker with a hammer at a late night boy racer gathering.

However, the 18-year-old gets to keep his identity a secret, at least for now.

He appeared in the Hamilton District Court on Thursday where, though his counsel Eilidh Hook, he pleaded guilty to charges of intentionally damaging a Volvo truck, the property of Fonterra; and disorderly behaviour in a public place.

A charge of possession of an offensive weapon, namely a claw hammer, was withdrawn by the police.

The teenager, who lives in Hamilton, was granted continued name suppression until his sentencing on July 27, where he will apply for a discharge without conviction.

If that application proved successful, Hook said she would apply for his name to be permanently suppressed.

Two other people, aged 17 and 19, have been arrested and charged over the fracas, which took place in the early hours of Saturday, March 19.

The alleged incident happened about 1.20am on Saturday, March 19, near the intersection of Stokes and Orini roads in the rural Waikato.

The rural crossroads is a well-known spot for street racers to park up and do burnouts at the weekend.

Videos circulating on social media show a large group of people surrounding a milk tanker apparently attempting to pass through the crowd. A milk valve is open and milk is spilling onto the roadway.

According to police, a “significant” amount of milk was emptied from the tanker onto the road.

The 17-year-old is facing charges of unlawful possession of an imitation firearm, inciting disorderly behaviour and sustained loss of traction.

The 19-year-old has been charged with sustained loss of traction.

-Stuff/Mike Mather.




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2 Comments

The fact that...

Posted on 24-05-2022 12:12 | By morepork

... a perfectly fair and reasonable post on this was NOT published makes me wonder if there is more to this than meets the eye. Perhaps this is a privileged kid whose parents are able to pull strings...? Sun Live have a right to publish whatever they want of course (and they’re usually very good) but I’m not inclined to waste time posting, if a fair post is ignored. I think Groutby has a point and I agree.

Name supression....?

Posted on 21-05-2022 09:35 | By groutby

...why?...we the public want to know the name of this cretin and the others too...so we recognise them when they come before the courts again...it won’t be long will it with this weak justice....

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