Homeless man died after assault

  • 12/11/2015

Further information has now come to light over the death of a man in Auckland on Tuesday.

The man, who died in Auckland Hospital’s emergency department just after 11pm, was homeless and was carried there by his friend, who was also homeless.

The friend was forced to carry the victim 500 metres to the hospital after his pleas for help were unanswered.

According to the New Zealand Herald the friend ran to the emergency department around 10:15pm, where police were alerted, but an ambulance wasn't called for more than 35 minutes.

"The man's companion made a huge fuss, pleading for help and asked to be taken to the dying man," an unnamed source told the Herald.

"The companion's concerns were so grave police were called to investigate. They claimed not to be able to find the dying man and cancelled the ambulance and dismissed the man's claims.

"[The friend] then returned to the park on foot and, with help from another man, carried the dying man to the hospital, where he died shortly after arriving."

An Auckland District Health Board spokeswoman told the Herald that a man came to emergency department to report his injured friend.

"ED [sic] staff reacted in accordance with protocols and immediately called police and ambulance to respond to the man's concerns," she said.

A trail of chalked marked what appeared to be blood, yesterday, from Outhwaite Park in the central Auckland suburb of Grafton, down Park Rd to the hospital.

A man has been charged with assault over the death.

Detective Inspector Kevin Hooper told the Herald it was understood the man was assaulted in the park between 6:30pm and 10:30pm.

The park is known to be frequented by homeless people.

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