Abduction charge after pool attack
A man charged with abduction and assault with intent to commit sexual violation after he allegedly attacked a woman leaving a Warkworth swimming pool has appeared in court.
Teokila Kouka, 35, appeared at the North Shore District court this morning where he was bailed to a Whangaparoa address.
On September 27 a woman in her 20s was allegedly attacked in a car park after leaving the Mahurangi College swimming pool, near the intersection of Woodcocks Rd and State Highway 1, around 7pm.
Police said the woman was set upon by a muscular, dark-skinned man wearing white gloves.
"This is a vicious and cowardly attack with very sinister undertones," detective senior sergeant Brett Batty said.
He said the alleged assault lasted only a short time as the man was scared off, possibly by other people leaving or arriving at the pools.
The victim required medical treatment but wasn't believed to have been seriously injured.
Senior Sergeant Bede Haughey, of Rodney, today said the incident had not only been "traumatic for the victim but it had been felt across the entire community".
Haughey said the arrest was the result of "excellent information" from the public.
Kouka will reappear in the North Shore District Court later this month.