Man Arrested After Attacking New Zealand Parliament Doors With an Axe

A man armed with an axe attacked the parliament building in New Zealand and was arrested by the police on Jan. 13.

A man armed with an axe attacked the parliament building in New Zealand and was arrested by the police on Jan. 13.

An Auckland man wielding an axe smashed five exterior glass doors of the main entrance of the parliament building in Wellington, causing heavy damage, as photos of the scene showed shattered glass pieces littered on the ground.

“The man caused some damage to glass panels but did not attempt to enter the building,” the police said who arrived at the scene at 5:30 a.m. after receiving reports of a man spotted with an axe.

Police arrested the 31-year-old axeman without incident in about 10 minutes.

The man appeared in a secure basement courtroom at the Wellington District Court for security reasons, Judge Bill Hastings said, as reported by the New Zealand Herald.

The man was charged with intentional damage with reckless disregard to parliamentary property, possession of an offensive weapon, and resisting police.

Hastings also granted the man interim name suppression and said that the man’s comments during the hearing hinted his mental state.

The motivation for the attack is unknown and according to the report by the New Zealand Herald, the comments made in the hearing had no reference to the riots at the United States Capitol in Washington D.C. that took place last Jan. 6.

The parliament building, known as the Beehive, was currently empty of politicians for the summer holidays but had a few people in it during the time of the attack.

Attacks on the parliament and politicians in New Zealand are rare.

In 2019, Climate Change Minister James Shaw was punched in the face while walking to work. It was the first physical assault on a politician in the island country in over a decade.


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