Tuesday, June 18, 2013

New Zealand: Resident, 29, Sentenced to Nearly 4 Years in Prison for Robbing German Women, 18

According to http://www.stuff.co.nz, Troy Ashley Clement, 29, of Auckland was sentenced in the High Court on June 14, after being found guilty of aggravated robbery. Two young German tourists, both 18, were robbed by Clement at knife-point on September 29.

Despite being found not guilty for asking one of the women to lower her lower garments, did cut one of the victims on the neck with his knife, resulting in a sentence of three years and ten months.

At the time of the robbery, the two women had only been in New Zealand for two days, when they sent searching for a nightclub.

Instead, they met Clement while walking through Albert Park, at which point the Auckland resident struck up a conversation with them, only to subsequently threaten them with a knife and rob them of $15.

Even after the two women surrendered what money they had, the assailant punched both women in the face, producing a chipped tooth in one victim and a bloody nose in the other.

COMMENT: Clement obviously was not destined to enjoy a long stint as a career criminal, as police quickly arrested him after he left his wallet at the scene.

As I have repeatedly said in so many of my postings on New Zealand over the years, the country is NOT a low-risk destination.

For visitors, it is very easy to be lured into a false sense of security given the friendliness and outgoing nature of residents, yet anyone who takes the time to do a word search on my postings under "New Zealand," will quickly learn that while lovely in every respect, being victimized is a frequent occurrence. 

I also do not recommend that visitors drive in the country, as New Zealand is perhaps one of the most dangerous countries to drive in, not to mention having to drive on the "left."