Police confirm investigation into Christmas morning incident involving drunken youth and the Kiwibank doors
While most families were waking up to their traditional Christmas morning activities, the Police had to attend to an incident of a trail of blood and a broken glass door at the local bank at the Commercial Centre.
The Police confirmed that the suspect has been identified and the incident of the broken glass doors at the Niue Development Bank/Kiwibank is still under investigation
While they were not able to comment further on the investigation, the Police can confirm that the young man believed to be intoxicated was not taken into custody because he sustained serious injuries to his hand and required urgent medical attention.
Pictures from the bank showed bloody broken glass and a trail of blood from where the man had punched a hole into the glass door.
Bank Manager Wayne McCaughan told BCN News of the disappointment at this incident on Christmas morning
“It was very disappointing to see one of the bank’s front doors attempted to be punched in early Christmas morning and I understand the alleged offender required urgent hospital treatment. Niue Police have been working on this matter”
Chief of Police Tim Wilson says that this young man will likely face charges of wilful mischief.
“Charges will likely be filed upon the completion of the investigation. At this point, he will likely be facing wilful mischief to property charges”, says Chief Wilson.
Meanwhile, the Bank is also looking for replacement glass for their door, asking building suppliers on the island and anyone who may have a similar glass.
Mr. McCaughan says that “NDB will now investigate replacing the door if anyone knows of similar doors anywhere on the island that may be available let us know, fakamolemole”.
In the meantime, there is a piece of plywood covering the damage to the door.
It’s understood these glass doors have been in place since the first commercial bank, Westpac Bank was established in Niue some forty years ago.