During a robbery in Wellington, a teen was hit in the face with a hammer.

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Police are looking for witnesses to a robbery that occurred last Sunday in Wellington’s Waitangi Park, during which a 16-year-old was hit in the face with a hammer.

Unexplained death in Taita, Lower Hutt early on Sunday 26th January 2020.  A Police cordon and crime scene invetsigation tent were in place Monday 27th January 2020.

Photo: RNZ / Patrice Allen

The teenager and a friend were approached by a group of four men, who demanded they hand over property.

The victim gave their phone and wallet, but was then struck in the face with the hammer before being punched and kicked while on the ground.

The group ran off towards the city centre, while the victim was hospitalised.

The main offender is described as being about 5′ 10, skinny, aged in his late teens and wearing a black face mask and blue hoody.


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