A Fourth Estate® Service

Tuesday, January 19, 2021

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.

Article © 2020 Fourth Estate® — All rights reserved.
This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Recent Articles

Venezuela Sends Shipment of Oxygen to Brazilian State

Venezuelan President Nicolas Marduro sent a shipment of emergency oxygen supplies to Brazilian northern state Amazonas, hit hard by the second wave of the...

WHO Warns of ‘Catastrophic Moral Failure’ Over COVID-19 Vaccine Inequity

World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus warned that the inequitable distribution of COVID-19 vaccines between wealthy countries and poor countries places the...

Energy Watchdog Urges Fossil Fuel Firms to Curb Methane Leakage

The International Energy Agency (IEA) on Monday said that companies in the oil and gas sector must augment their initiative in addressing the detrimental...

Whatsapp Web Messages, Contacts Leaked on Search Engines

Private user data from the web version of Whatsapp has been indexed by Google due to a missing tag. Private user data from the...

Singapore Airlines Prevents Cambodian Opposition Figure Mu Sochua from Going Home

Singapore Airlines denied opposition figure Mu Sochua from boarding her Phnom Penh flight on Sunday. Singapore Airlines denied opposition figure Mu Sochua from boarding...

Get the Daily NewsBrief in your inbox

Related Stories