15 May 2010

Man charged with assault on 4-year-old over red shirt

6:51 am on 15 May 2010

A Whakatane man has been arrested and charged with assaulting a four-year-old boy for wearing a red shirt, in an apparent gang-related incident.

The incident happened in Whakatane's Cutler Crescent Park on 6 May when a man wearing blue clothing allegedly shouted at the pre-schooler to take off his red shirt, then forcibly removed it.

The police have said the man was initially thought to have been a member of the Black Power gang, but may have just been part of a "wannabe" youth group.

A 21-year-old Whakatane man was due to appear in Whakatane

District Court on Saturday.