Teenager stabbed for colour of his cap
Sat, 24 Nov 2012 6:00p.m.
By Adam Ray
The family of a teenage boy stabbed in the face says he was attacked after gang members mistook his blue cap as a sign of his gang links.
The assault on 16-year-old Manutahi Edwards in Whanganui on Wednesday was so violent it left bone fragments in his brain.
And while some of his family are gang members, they say Manutahi is a gentle boy who doesn’t belong to any gang.
When he went to help his brother in a street fight in Whanganui, he had a blue cap on. Witnesses say Mongrel Mob members took it as proof he was Black Power.
“He's been stabbed in the face with a screwdriver, [which has] gone through his cheekbone and pushed a bit of bone into his brain,” says father Len Kahui.
A man who came to help Manutahi says he's still traumatised by the sight of Manutahi's injuries.
“I find it hard to sleep,” he says. “All I can see is blood coming down his face.”
Mr Kahui is himself a Black Power member and two of his other sons are members of the Tribesmen. But he says Manutahi is not associated with any gang.
“Anyone who knows him, he's a gentle giant – a big 16-year-old, but he's just a kid growing up,” says Mr Kahui.
Police say the attack was gang-related. And witnesses have told Manutahi's family his attackers wore Mongrel Mob colours.
“A lot of these young fellows don't realise they're not just affecting him, they're affecting the family – everyone around us,” says Mr Kahui.
Wanganui has a history of gang-related violence, and the partner of Manutahi's brother told 3 News she's even scared walking children to school.
“It's a bit of a problem all these gang colours,” she says. “It has to stop.”
Wanganui District Council has tried and failed to ban gang patches in public. Former mayor Michael Laws says displays of gang insignia only increase tension.
“All of this behaviour is related to the strutting of gang insignia,” says Mr Laws.
But Mr Kahui doesn't want revenge or retaliation. He says the only response should come from the police.
“I come from Kaingaroa Forest where the Mongrel Mob killed a young fellow called Kaine Lewis, all over colours,” says Mr Kahui. “To me it’s bullshit.”
Manutahi was only in Wanganui because the family's rented home in Auckland is being sold.
“Next thing I know the house is being sold underneath me, so I had nowhere to put my kids,” says Mr Kahui.
Wellington Hospital says Manutahi is now in a serious but stable condition. His father says he is a strong boy and he's hopeful that he will recover.
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21/12/2012 9:10:34 p.m.
my nefs fiting 4 his life an dats all yous have to say. as for the gangs dont judge people not all of them r bad you have strait people stabbing and killing people to but you dont hea bout those ones ae only if gangs r involed.ne way love uz my family thinking of uz hard mch love merry xmas and happy nw years
26/11/2012 10:58:02 a.m.
@ Dave... hate to burst your bubble but attacks on people for wearing a red or blue coloured hat or even t-shirt have been happening for a long time and well before patches were banned in Whanganui.
Unlike "patched" gangs the "Bloods" & "Crips" recognise one another through colours and not patches!
"Bloods" & "Crips" are just stepping stones for youth gangs who then go onto joining "blackpower" & the "Mongrel Mob"
25/11/2012 4:13:43 p.m.
Hope Manutahi gets better soon.
To the whanau kia kaha its not easy staying at the hospital.
25/11/2012 12:46:06 p.m.
This is what happens when you ban gang patches in public....It becomes a who's who guessing game and anyone in nz now wearing blue or red is in danger of this sort of attack. Lets give them there identitys back NZ as since gang patch bans these sort of attacks have escalated out of control......Least then the everyday public knows who's who
25/11/2012 8:28:49 a.m.
Why not take the benefits off them. They are hardly ready and able for honest work. It seems okay to label and mistreat solo parents but the real nasty individuals get off scot free. With the Whanau ora payments you would think this would have strengthened families so gangs would not be needed? Perhaps much more accountability is needed and phsycologists to help deprogramme what is essentially brainwashing cults.
25/11/2012 8:20:40 a.m.
NZ is the only country in the developed world who is tolerating and supporting gangs and therefore crime and violence.
So this shouldn't surprise anybody.
25/11/2012 8:18:35 a.m.
His old man is a gang member, so tough luck. The old saying "Play with dirt you'll get some on you" applies. These low intellect morons are out of control they need sorting out. We don't need softy judges stonewalling the police over technicalities. Let them do their job. I'm sure if the police wern't bound by laws that protect the offenders they could wipe these gangs out.
25/11/2012 2:04:14 a.m.
am i racist wrote:
This is bull shit. They should sort these gangs out. pit them all on white island.
24/11/2012 11:38:20 p.m.
It's just ridiculous. At least with their gang patches, we can identify and steer clear of these mentally ill groups. I'm just so disappointed.
24/11/2012 10:29:25 p.m.
There's something really wrong in the maori community, and no one wants to say it because maori leaders and liberal, lefty politicians and media will call it racist. Yes there's issues within other communities but in no way does compair proportionally.
I expect maori leaders know how to fix the problems but they'll want hundreds of millions of dollars to fix the problems they have no intentions of fixing. The problems will perpetuate because maori never condemn their own and blame everyone else for all their ills.
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