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Tauranga knife attack not gay-related

Fri 1 Jun 2007 In: New Zealand Daily News

A Tauranga man stabbed in the face with a bottle outside a public toilet in the early hours of this morning was not the victim of anti-gay violence, say local police. The 18-year-old victim was taken to hospital with gashes to his face, in a case several readers emailed us to comment was reminiscent of the stabbing murder of Tauranga gay man John Rogers near a public toilet in July 2002. Acting Sergeant Matt Elliot tells that today's attack was “absolutely not” a gay-related issue, saying the strip of bars and pubs where the man was stabbed had regular problems with alcohol-fuelled disorder.     Ref:, Newstalk ZB (m)

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First published: Friday, 1st June 2007 - 12:00pm

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