A 58-year-old Buddhist monk has been beaten unconscious and left tied up on the floor of the Quan Am Buddhist Monastery south of Auckland.
Police were called to the temple on Beaver Rd, Bombay at about 8:40pm yesterday after the monk phoned them for help.
Three offenders smashed down a door and assaulted the monk before binding him with handcuffs.
They continued to assault him until he was unconscious and stole property from the temple before escaping.
The monk is in hospital suffering from several fractures and a significant head injury.
Police said it was a vicious and unprovoked attack.
“It is a particularly nasty attack on a harmless monk from the temple.”
They are appealing for anyone who saw any suspicious vehicles in the area to come forward.
They are interested in a blue 2000 Mazda Capella hatchback registration ESJ401.
Monk bashed unconscious in temple
WANTED: A CCTV image of the three men police believe were involved in a ‘nasty’ attack on a Buddhist monk, second from left.
Police are hunting for three men involved in a “nasty attack on a harmless monk” at a Buddhist Temple south of Auckland last night.
The 58-year-old Vietnamese monk was hospitalised with a number of fractures and a serious head wound.
He was assaulted and handcuffed after three men smashed down the front of his ranch slider.
They stole from the temple after the assault.
The men left the monk unconscious after the attack and attempted to steal his car to get away.
They were unable to use the car and abandonded it on the premises.
The monk managed to call police when he regained consciousness.
A scene examination is being completed.
The monk suffered a number of fractures and a significant head wound. He is in hospital.
A number of suspicious cars were seen in the area before the attack.
Police are also interested in sightings of a blue 2000 Mazda Capella hatchback, with the registration ESJ 401.
Anyone with information is urged to call Counties Manukau CIB on 09 261 1300 or to contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
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