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Auckland dairy worker’s final moments revealed after Frederick Hobson pleads guilty to murder

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Auckland dairy worker Janak Patel, who was stabbed to death after a robbery 16 months ago, chased the offender with a hockey stick, documents show.

Court documents released to RNZ outline the final moments of Janak Patel, who was killed outside the Rose Cottage Dairy in Sandringham in November 2022, sparking widespread protests and calls for more action from the government.

On Wednesday, Hobson, who had previously entered a not guilty plea, changed his plea to guilty to aggravated robbery and murder when he appeared in the High Court in Auckland.

He was charged alongside two other men who have pleaded not guilty and will stand trial in May

The court documents released after Hobson’s plea revealed for the first time Patel’s final moments.

Patel and his wife had moved to Auckland a week prior to his death to look after the Rose Cottage Superette in Sandringham, while its owners were away in India.

It was planned with the other offenders that Hobson was to enter the superette, armed with a knife, to take cash and any other items he could manage.

“[Hobson] walked up and down Fowlds Avenue and the surrounding streets, taking several opportunities to observe the Rose Cottage Superette…” court documents show.

Holding a brown paper bag, he entered a telephone booth directly outside the dairy, holding the phone up to his ear as vehicles and members of the public went by.

At about 8pm, Hobson pulled a black bandana up, covering the bottom half of his face, and ran into the dairy, holding a knife and a brown paper bag.

Hobson confronted Patel with a knife, causing him to flee into a back room.

He took the cash register, as well as a box of butane lighters and vapes, before leaving the store.

Patel ran after him, armed with a hockey stick from the back of the shop.

Hobson put the cash register in a nearby recycling wheelie bin, as Patel approached.

Hobson armed himself with a large tree branch and the knife.

Patel retreated, shouting and swinging the hockey stick, as Hobson aggressively approached.

The swinging of the stick created distance between the pair.

Court documents revealed Hobson waited for Patel to swing once more, before dropping the tree branch and lunging at him.

Patel was knocked to the ground, as Hobson held him down and stabbed him at least three times.

Hobson tried to wrestle the hockey stick from Patel’s grasp, pulling him back to his feet, and stabbing him a further three times.

“The final blow was to Mr Patel’s neck, causing him to fall to the ground once again.”

Patel used the wheelie bin in an attempt to get away from Hobson, who attempted to stab him once more.

He collapsed after taking five steps back towards the dairy.

Hobson collected the bin and left the scene.

Patel rose, staggering back to the shop, stopping several times on his way back.

He collapsed once more, dying a short time later.

A post-mortem examination confirmed the six stab wounds Patel suffered, noting two on the left-hand side of his chest wall and back were “rapidly fatal wounds”.

Source: RNZ

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Watercare signals possible 25% increase in water rates

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Auckland’s water provider Watercare is warning water rates may need to increase by as much as 25 percent to run the business, while keeping to the council’s borrowing limit.

Water charges increased by 9.5 percent last July, while infrastructure growth charges rose by 8 percent.

This meant the average household paid about $2.20 more per week.

In its recent newsletter, Watercare advised customers of a potential price rise of 25.8 percent from July.

It said the rise was to “run our business while sticking to Auckland Council’s borrowing limit”.

Watercare said if the proposed rise went ahead the average customer bill would increase by roughly $29 a month. That’s $348 annually.

The potential increase was included in the consultation document for Auckland Council’s 10-year budget.

In the document, council said the increase in rates was to support a significant increase in capital investment across the next 10 years.

Watercare said the 25.8 percent rise could also apply to infrastructure growth charges.

In a statement to RNZ, chair Margaret Devlin said the board had to balance the vital need to invest in new water and wastewater infrastructure with council’s directives to maintain a debt-to-revenue ratio of 340 percent, as well as ensuring growth funded growth.

“We know many Aucklanders are struggling with the cost of living and we understand the news of this projected price rise will not be welcome,” she said.

“We want to reassure them that central and local government want to avoid significant price rises for Auckland; and they are working together to achieve a financially sustainable water model.”

Devlin said they understood the ongoing conversations between central government and council were positive.

Watercare will give residents at least 10 days’ notice of a potential price rise.

Source: RNZ

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ALMADINA STUDENT WINS RADIO APNA RAMADHAN ORATORY 2024 !

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After lapse of 4 years New Zealand student  has won  Radio Apna Ramadhan Un15 International Oratory Contest 2024 .

Zaid Ahmad student of Auckland’s Almadina  School won the top honors after he competed in the grand final with Huzaifa Yunus of Al Jamiatul Islamia Madarsa Labasa.

Zaid Ahmad is New Zealand born with  family links from Hydrabaad India and  was prepared and trained by  a prominent Islamic Scholar Alim Sharfaraz Sher Ali .

Alim Sharfaraz is highly qualified Islamic Scholar originally from Fiji who has studied overseas and is a islamic teacher at Almadina School in Mangere.

Radio Apna General Manager Shaiyaz Mohammed who is also the Saheri program host and coordinator of the contest said Zaed Ahmad dominated the competition  from round one and topped all three rounds .

Both students delivered very powerful speeches early Sunday morning in Saheri program live via phone.

Shaiyaz has thanked sponsors, judges,organizations and  Apna listners who helped and tuned in to bring this month long competition.

The winning student whose parents are originally from Hyderabad India is a student of Al Madina School  and has won  $1000 cash and trophy for his school.

Nz Pro detailers of  Notthshore is giving away $1000 cash and trophies to the winning organization and $500 cash to the runner up organization via Radio Apna with Fianz.

Apna group managing director Zahina Shah has thanked each and every participant ,teachers and organizations for their hard work through out the month long contest.

CEO of  Apna group Imran Hussein also congratulated the winning student .

Organizations from around the world thinking to have a representative next ramadhan can contact Shaiyaz Mohammed via email shaiyaz@apna990.com

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Woman charged with murder after man found dead in Hamilton

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A 45-year-old woman has been charged with murder after a man died at a house in Hamilton early on Wednesday morning.

Police were called to an address on Cranmer Close, Rototuna at 2am, Detective Senior Sergeant Scott Neilson said.

There they found the man in a critical condition. Attempts by police and ambulance staff to resuscitate him were unsuccessful.

Police earlier said they would have a “significant” presence in the area while inquiries were made.

Neilson said the man and woman knew each other.

“Police are speaking with those involved and are offering support to the victim’s family.”

VIA RNZ

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