Sexually motivated attack on campus

Last updated 18:14 24/08/2014
Wanted in relation to sexually motivated attack.
APPEAL: If you recognise this man, wanted in relation to a serious sexually motivated assault, please want to hear from you.

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An image of a man wanted in relation to a serious, sexually motivated, assault on Waikato University grounds has been released in the hope the public recognise him.

A 20-year-old was indecently assaulted around the Maths and Sciences faculty at about 8.30am on Saturday, Detective Sergeant Nicola Cornes of the Adult Sexual Assault Team said.

She resisted the man's advances before he punched and dragged her into a secluded area where the assault continued, Cornes said.

The offender fled after the woman resisted vigorously and screamed as the assault took place.

"The offender is described as a dark skinned male aged in his 20s about 160 - 170cm tall of medium build with shoulder length black hair off his face."

Cornes said the offender's clothing was described as being dark trousers and shoes and a white long sleeve sweat top with two distinctive black lines down the full length of the sleeves.

Police reviewed CCTV footage in the area and while they could not identify anyone matching that description exactly, they found a person of interest.

''Taking into account the degree of stress and shock a person in the victim's predicament would be subject to, [we] believe this image most closely matches her description.

"We would like to speak to anyone who recognises the person in the image or in fact anyone who believes the image may be of them, to help us eliminate them from our enquiries."

Anyone with any information on yesterday's incident is asked to contact Cornes at the Hamilton Central Police Station on 07 858 6200.

Alternatively, information can be left anonymously with the independent Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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- Waikato Times

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