‘Victim’ is also charged

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By ANNA LEASK

A 20-year-old Cromwell man’s been arrested and charged with robbery following a violent attack on a ‘‘good samaritan’’ near Queenstown in March.

But the alleged victim’s also being charged after cops established the attack wasn’t random.

At the time, police labelled it a ‘‘cowardly attack on a well-meaning person’’ and said a  good samaritan received a fractured jaw after an assault and robbery at the Eastburn Road layby, on the Queenstown side of the Crown Range.

They said a man signalled for help using a cellphone torch, claiming something was wrong with his vehicle.

As the victim turned away, he claimed the man punched him several times, grabbed the victim’s backpack and drove off.

The victim was able to drive to a family member’s house, and police were called from there.

Yesterday, detective senior sergeant Malcolm Inglis said the man originally portrayed as the innocent will also face a charge of making a false statement to police.

‘‘Police inquiries have now established the pair were known to one another and the meeting, which actually occurred in the carpark at Coronet Peak, was pre-arranged.

‘‘Police are satisfied that this was not a random attack and that other criminal activity was
involved.’’

Inglis won’t comment further because the matter’s before the courts.

— NZ HERALD