Woman attacked in home

A woman has told police she was attacked in her home near Blenheim by an unknown man during a power cut. 

Detective Sergeant David Woodley, of Blenheim, said the attack happened in a house in Caldwell Rd, at Woodbourne, on Tuesday night.

The woman told police a man she did not know came into her home and attacked her. Police would not give details on how he got in or what happened in the house, except to say the woman was attacked.

The attack happened between 9pm and 9.30pm, when there was a short power.

Marlborough Lines operations manager Brian Tapp said the power was out for 11 minutes, from 9.12pm to 9.23pm. It was turned back on by remote control at the substation on Old Renwick Rd.

The outage stretched from Old Renwick Rd, across the paddock to Woodbourne, through to the housing blocks and the airforce base, Mr Tapp said. 

Staff drove around the area after the power had been restored but did not find a cause, he said.
Possums climbing power poles and falling tree brances were usually the cause of outages. Vandalism was possible, but virtually unheard of, Mr Tapp said. 

Police are keen to hear from anyone in the area at that time who may have information relevant to the inquiry.

Contact the Blenheim CIB on 03 578 5279.

Information can also be given anonymously by calling Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

The Marlborough Express