Police seek witness to brutal cemetery rape

Last updated 14:47 27/03/2014

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Police investigating a vicious rape and assault in an Auckland cemetery want to speak to a man who may have seen the incident.


A 34-year-old sex worker was attacked in the Symonds St cemetery early on March 15. A man was captured on CCTV in the area about the same time.


Detective Sergeant Geoff Baber, of the Auckland City CIB, said the man might have valuable information that could assist the investigation.


"No weapons were used in the attack that occurred after 4am on the 15th, but the victim suffered serious injuries to her head, torso and legs as a result and was hospitalised for two days following," Baber said.


"She was earlier approached by the man, a Caucasian of slim build wearing dark clothes, on the corner of Liverpool St and Karangahape Rd."


Investigators also want to hear from a woman who called police about 1.50am on the same date complaining of an "attempted rape by a violent man in a car" in Hereford St or Hopetoun St.


The complainant left details with police to contact her but when they called, the number was not hers.


"We'd like that woman to contact us so that we can determine whether or not her complaint is related to the vicious attack on the 34-year-old woman a few hours later," Baber said.


Anyone with any of the information sought should contact Baber on 021 191 6089.

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