No link between attacks on hitchhikers

23:58, Apr 01 2014

An attack on a female hitchhiker in Rabbit Island last month is not related to the attack on two tourists on the West Coast on Sunday, police say.

Tasman district commander Superintendent Richard Chambers on Monday said that as part of the wider inquiry into the West Coast attack police were looking into whether there was any link to the Rabbit Island incident on March 6.

He confirmed today that there was no link.

A 38-year-old man has been interviewed about the West Coast attack and the death of Christchurch woman Amy Farrall on Saturday.

Police are still seeking information on the March 6 incident when a tourist wanting to go to Nelson was offered a ride by a man in Motueka. She got into the car and he detoured to a secluded area near Rabbit Island and attempted to sexually assault her.

The woman escaped and reported the incident to police.

Last month a 22-year-old Motueka fisherman appeared in the Nelson District Court charged with sexual violation, abduction and assault with a weapon.

The charges relate to an incident on March 21 involving a 20-year-old tourist who was offered a ride by a man at 11.30am. She had intended travelling from Motueka to Westport but he drove her to Nelson."