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NZ Police Alert: Sexual Assault, New Plymouth

Published: Tue 1 Jan 2008 04:21 PM
15:00 1-01-2008 Central
NZ Police Alert: Sexual Assault, New Plymouth
Location of incident: New Plymouth
Incident Type: Sexual assault
New Plymouth Police are investigating a sexual violation complaint which occurred in the early hours of 1 January 2007 in the Fitzroy Golf Club area. The 18 year old complainant was taken to a secluded area where the offender produced a handgun and sexually violated her.
She is currently recovering with family.
The offender is described as male dark skinned, 16-18 years old, thin build, 5'6-5'8, clean shaven.
Various witnesses spoken to have seen a person fitting this description around the Fitzroy Beach and Motor Camp area throughout new years eve.
He was wearing baggy long pants, with a dark coloured hooded sweatshirt or jacket. He had a cap on under his hoody which had some type of design on it.
This male appeared familiar with the Fitzroy area, in particular the Beach, Motor Camp, Golf Club and tracks surrounding.
If you were in the above area and saw a person fitting this description please contact police. Alternatively if you know of anyone fitting this description, please also contact police.
This is a serious sexual assault and I urge anyone with information to come forward.
Debbie Gower
Detective Sergeant
Issued By: Sergeant Bruce Mackay
This is an initial incident report. Please keep in mind that as more information is gathered by Police at the scene specific details may change.

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