Woman sexually assaulted in Hokowhitu

Last updated 09:50 21/02/2013

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A 19-year-old Palmerston North woman screamed as she was attacked and sexually assaulted in her Hokowhitu home last night.

Detective Senior Sergeant Craig Sheridan said a man had entered the woman's Morris Street home at about 10pm and sexually assaulted her.

The woman was home alone at the time.

Police were told about the attack almost immediately, but despite searching the area were unable to find the man.

Sheridan said they would examine the house and door knock around the area today as part of their investigation.

"The victim has screamed during this ordeal and it is likely that neighbours or people in the vicinity at the time may have heard this. 

"I encourage anybody that did hear this and ask anybody that was in the area of Morris Street last evening and saw a male wandering the area, to contact police."

The attacker was described as  "Maori or Pacific Islander".

Sheridan said the woman had received medical attention but had not yet been interviewed. 

She was "understandably distressed" and was being supported by family and friends, he said. 

Anybody with information that may assist this investigation can contact the Palmerston North CIB on (06) 3513880. 

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- Manawatu Standard

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