Seatoun attack victim from Europe

BLAIR ENSOR
POLICE REPORTER
Last updated 10:19 25/05/2012

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The victim of a violent and "sinister" sexual attack in the Wellington suburb of Seatoun is a young woman from Europe, police say, as they release more details of the incident.

The woman in her 20s suffered moderate injuries after she was grabbed from behind, dragged more than 20 metres along the ground into a secluded area and violated on Ludlam St, near St Anthony's School, about 9.45pm Monday, May 14.

Police have asked schools in the area to circulate information about the attack to parents. At least one school sent a flyer to parents yesterday.

Police investigating the incident have said they are concerned the attacker could strike again.

Particularly worrying was the ''stranger element'' of the "sinister" incident, Detective Inspector Paul Basham said. 

In a statement this morning Mr Basham said the woman was dragged into St Anthony's School and sexually assaulted.

The young "traumatised" woman was from Europe and living in New Zealand on a working visa.

"We are still awaiting forensic results following a thorough scene examination which was completed. We've spoken to a number of residents in the vicinity of Ludlam Street but are yet to identify the offender responsible."

Last week police said they had spoken to another woman approached by a man on Marine Parade about 7pm on the day of the attack who fitted the attacker's description.

''He's crossed the road and tried to engage and freaked her.

''We'd like to identify that person or anyone who knows of a male who routinely walks along Marine Parade at that time of night.''

The man was described as having dark skin, aged in his early 20s, about 1.85m tall, wearing a khaki top with a hood and a black beanie.

He was walking a dog with a curly tail.

Mr Basham said anyone who been approached inappropriately in the last few days, weeks or months in the Eastern Suburbs should contact police.

"We're still keen to hear from anyone who saw or heard anyone or anything suspicious on the evening of the incident, who has not already spoken to Police."

Contact Blair Ensor
Police reporter
Email: blair.ensor@dompost.co.nz
Twitter: @blairensor

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