Tuesday, August 24, 2010

My World Tuesday: Mt Albert Suburb.

Mt Albert Shopping Centre had been known to be a sleepy place. There is not much activity, but this has changed.

Our neighbourhood has quite a buzz these two days. Just a couple of blocks from our Church, 43-year-old Bruce Allan Jones, an unemployed man died whilst intruding into a Pharmacy. Apparently 68 year old pharmacist Grant Gillard - who was confronted by an intruder in his shop early yesterday - struggled with the man and was holding him down before he went into cardiac arrest.

Police tried to revive the intruder, gave him CPR but he died on the floor of the Mt Albert pharmacy.

Today, we had arranged for some special guests to come and speak to our ESOL students. It is a coincidence that the guests were the police and the Neighbourhood Support Group. They had come to talk to our students about the work of the police and the neighbourhood support group.

Here is the Mt Albert Community Constable Darren Calkin and Barry Hyde, the Chairman and Liaison person talking to the students. A third guest, the editor Johannes Dimyadi is not in the photo. It was good because Johannes could speak Mandarin and answer questions of our Mandarin speaking students.

Thank you Darren, Barry and Johannes for coming. My students appreciate your coming.

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/video.cfm?c_id=1&gal_objectid=10668702&gallery_id=113442Police discuss the incident where a man broke into an Auckland pharmacy and died following a struggle with the pharmacist.
A security guard who went to an Auckland pharmacy after its alarm was activated found the body of a man inside the shop.



Rajesh said...

Great shots. That is a terrible act. May his soul rest in peace.

Dora said...

That incident must shocked the residents a lot & broke the quietness in town.

Anonymous said...

Oh gosh, what a terrible thing to happen.

I like the second shot of your sleepy town.

Dave said...

An unfortunate incident huh Ann? I hope the pharmacist doesn't have police problems... - Dave

Reader Wil said...

It's always a risk that the intruder of a shop or house will be killed, but most of the times the owner get killed. But in case the intruder is killed, the owner is placed in custody in my country. Isn't it ridiculous??

Elaine Yim said...

This is a tragic incident. Good to know that police came for talks and have personal contact with the students and residents of the town.

Jama said...

The incident must have shocked the pharmacist more!
Those fiddler crabs are too small for chilli crab lah, no meat! lol

Ginny Hartzler said...

Gosh! But what great timing for your studnets! Many may have heard about this and have questions.