Thursday, July 9, 2009


As police investigate the bashing of a blind woman on a Tauranga bus, the blind community has condemned the attack as "inexcusable".
The 36-year-old victim was attacked on the Bay Hopper bus after boarding at Wharf St to get home to Greerton last Thursday.
As she sat down and pulled her guide dog from the aisle to lie him on the floor, a woman passenger who had also just boarded the bus started yelling at her to get out the way.
She then pushed past the blind woman and elbowed her in the right temple. The attacker's friend also pushed past and they carried on to a seat.
Chairman of the Royal New Zealand Foundation of the Blind's Tauranga Community Committee, John Davis, said the attack was the worst he had heard of in more than a decade working with blind people.
"It's inexcusable really. If they have a white stick or a guide dog, it's apparent that they (are blind).
"A lot more tolerance is needed, not only for people who are blind but anyone who has a disability."
The victim, who did not want to be named, was too shaken by the incident to tell police until the next morning.

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