Trio accost hospital worker

NICOLA BRENNAN-TUPARA
Last updated 05:00 02/02/2013
offender composite
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SKETCH: One of three men who attacked a woman as she walked to her car on Thursday.

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Police have released a composite image of one of three men who accosted a Waikato hospital worker as she walked to her car after a late shift early on Thursday.

It follows an attempted sexual assault of a female health professional as she walked to her car on Boxing Day. But the Waikato District Health Board said it had good systems to protect shift workers. In the latest incident, an attempted robbery, three men approached the 49-year-old as she walked to her car, which was parked near the hospital's helipad, shortly after midnight, said Detective William Loughrin.

One of the men, described as a young Maori man of fat build, accosted the woman and demanded her handbag.

She initially refused but then dropped her bag as a distraction so she could get to her car and lock herself in. She beeped the car horn to draw attention, causing two of the men to run off. But one, a teenager, continued to threaten her as she started her car and began to leave.

Mr Loughrin said the woman was terrified during her ordeal.

Waikato DHB chief executive Craig Climo urged "the public and other staff members who may have seen or heard something to come forward".

DHB spokeswoman Mary Anne Gill said shift workers were able to contact security staff to accompany them to their cars and also had access to parking buildings with video surveillance.

Anyone with information can call police on 07 834 9413 or Mr Loughrin on 027 704 8589.

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