Big response to sketch of Nelson rapist

23:28, Jan 04 2013
Nelson police and detectives at the community gardens near Victory School after a 62-year-old woman was beaten and raped by an unknown man.
SEARCHING: Nelson police and detectives at the community gardens near Victory School after a 62-year-old woman was beaten and raped by an unknown man.

Police are pleased with the response to a computer sketch of a likeness of the man who brutally attacked a woman in  Nelson on New Year's Day.

The 62-year-old woman was raped and beaten as she worked alone at the Victory Community Gardens.

The community has rallied to support the woman and to help the police, Detective Sergeant Ian Langridge said.

Nelson rapist sketched
WANTED: This computer sketch shows the 1.7m man wanted for a violent Nelson rape.

Langridge said the release of the image generated a lot of information via a police freephone.

"While the information is not startling at this point, we're managing it and working our way through it."

Langridge said several people had already come forward with information which would be investigated further.

He also encouraged the offender to turn himself in and seek help.

Police were continuing to canvass the area and were patrolling Victory and Nelson South.

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