Student describes 'horrific' random attack

JOELLE DALLY
Last updated 05:00 25/09/2012
Duncan, 21, was brutally attacked in one of two street robberies in Riccarton on Saturday.
JOHN KIRK-ANDERSON/Fairfax NZ

PAINFUL LESSON: Duncan, 21, was brutally attacked in one of two street robberies in Riccarton on Saturday.

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The victim of a random robbery has described it as "one of the most horrific ordeals" of his life.

Duncan, who wanted only his first name used, suffered a cut ear and extensive bruising to his head and body after being set upon by a group of men while walking home on his own early on Saturday.

The attack was the latest of four street robberies in Christchurch since last Wednesday, two of which were in Riccarton. Police do not believe there is any link between the incidents.

The University of Canterbury science student, 21, had been at an Upper Riccarton pub with friends and decided to walk home about 2.10am.

He believes a small group of men followed him from Riccarton Rd, but he did not notice them until he was in the Shand Cres Reserve, where he was attacked.

"They kept repeatedly punching me in the head and face. My ear was ripped open," he said.

"They kept saying, ‘What have you got, give us what you have'. I gave them everything I could find."

Duncan said the attackers appeared to be in their 20s. They took his cellphone, wallet and watch, but gave him back his keys before chasing him from the park.

"It was one of the most horrific ordeals I've ever been through," he said.

"I should have just taken a taxi."

Duncan needed five stitches to his ear.

The offenders were described as Polynesians in their early to late 20s.

One wore a long-sleeved white shirt with thin checks or pinstripes, and jeans.

A second was wearing a blue long-sleeved shirt and jeans.

About 2.30am on Saturday, three men in their early 20s were walking home in Clyde Rd when they were assaulted by a group of six to eight men.

The attackers were described as being in their late teens to early 20s.

The victims received medical treatment for injuries including a suspected broken nose, cuts and abrasions.

Police said the suspects headed east in Totara St and turned left into Puriri St, driving a silver or grey Subaru sedan and a grey "boxy-style" sedan similar to a Mitsubishi Lancer.

The main offender was described as being Maori aged in his late teens or early 20s, with short dark hair, a shoulder-length "rat's tail", and wearing a white T-shirt.

Others in the group were described as Asian and European.

Constable Patti Brown, of the Christchurch South police, said there was no indication the incidents were linked.

Police are also investigating two street attacks in Aranui and Bromley.

Detective Senior Sergeant Tony Hill said a woman walking in Rowses Rd, Aranui, was punched in the face by a large Polynesian man about 11.40pm on Friday.

Two nights earlier, a man was knocked unconcious after being attacked near the Kerrs Rd-Woodham Rd intersection. His jacket, cellphone and shoes were taken.

Anyone with information on the Riccarton robberies should phone Brown on 363 2573. For the Aranui and Bromley attacks, anyone with information should phone Papanui police on 374 1700.

STREET WISE

Police advice to keep yourself safe:

Take a taxi if you are travelling home late at night.

Stay in groups and avoid becoming isolated.

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Go home earlier in the evening.

- © Fairfax NZ News

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