Woman fights off attacker on dark walkway near Victoria University

News from NZ Police
A young woman was the victim of a sexually motivated attack on the walkway of the Boyd Wilson Field on Fairlie Terrace between the Terrace and Victoria University early this morning.

The attack occurred when she was walking home alone from the city at around 1.55am.

As she walked up the ‘City to Sea’ stairs from the Terrace on to the walkway to the Boyd Wilson Field, she was attacked by an unknown man. Police believe the attack was sexually motivated.

The woman screamed and fought off the man, who ran down towards the Terrace.

He is described as:

Male Caucasian
Aged 25 – 30 years old
180 cm tall
Medium Build
Light coloured facial hair
Wearing a grey hooded sweatshirt

Detective Senior Sergeant Warwick McKee of the Wellington District Crime Squad states: “We are really concerned about this offender preying on woman in our community.

“The area between the Terrace and Boyd Wilson Field is isolated, dark and surrounded by bushes and trees. The man is using this isolated area to wait for women to walk through alone and then attack them.

“It is a common area for students to walk home back to university accommodation from town late at night or early in the morning. This is not a safe area and I am appealing to woman and students not to walk through this area. Please travel home from the city in a taxi or walk with your friends so you are not alone.

“Police have increased their presence and patrols in this area and we will be working with Victoria University to address this risk area.

“I would particularly like to hear from any persons that have seen any suspicious activity in the area or any person who has been assaulted in the vicinity of the Terrace, Boyd Wilson Field, Aro Valley and the University area who has not reported these assaults to Police. We are determined to catch this offender and get him off the streets before he attacks again “.

Police would like to hear from anyone who has information relating to this attack. Contact Police on 04 4723000 or on Crimestoppers 0800 274637.

Salient: Not safe for women to walk home alone


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