Man turns tables on alleged attacker

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Last updated 12:50 08/01/2013

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A man who was allegedly bashed in the back of a head with a rock retaliated by knocking his assailant over during an unprovoked attack on a Porirua walking track.

The incident happened seconds after the 49-year-old victim walked past a man and a woman on the steep track from Camp Elsdon to Colonial Knob, Porirua, about 7.25pm on January 2, Senior Sergeant Martin Tunley said.

''He heard footsteps running up behind him before he was struck with a blow at the base of the neck,'' Mr Tunley said.

''He turned around and saw the male holding on to a large rock.

''The victim believed he was hit with quite a bit of force.''

He then turned around and knocked the alleged attacker to the ground in retaliation, ''at which stage the man started apologising and asked to be let go''.

The victim carried on walking the track and when he returned the pair had disappeared. He later laid a complaint because he feared for the safety of others walking the track.

''Police are concerned because it's a public walking track and what we don't want is someone coming across these people again,'' Tunley said.

''We want to know who they are and why it took place. It's quite an unusual offence to take place on quite a steep track.

''If the gentleman had been knocked out we don't know what might have happened.''

The attacker was described as a chubby European with dark curly hair, clean shaven, about 1.75m tall and aged in his mid 20s. He wore metal framed glasses, black pants and shoes and a red T-shirt. The girl with him called him David repeatedly.

Anyone with information is asked to call Porirua police on (04) 238 1400.

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