Attacked woman 'ran for life'

A woman repeatedly punched in the stomach during a street attack managed to break free from her attacker by kicking him in the groin with her broken foot.

The 23-year-old, who did not want to be named, suffered extensive internal injuries and has been told she will require a hysterectomy.

The 47-kilogram mother-of-two was walking along Worcester St in Linwood about 6pm on October 4 when a "stocky" man, accompanied by five men, grabbed her from behind by her arm.

She said he threw her against a wooden fence and punched her three times in the stomach, while the other men watched.

"It all happened so quickly,'' she said.

''They all just stood there laughing. They were yelling and screaming.

''I couldn't understand what they were saying. They all smelt like a brewery gone wrong." 

Concerned the man would not stop, she managed to draw enough strength to kick the man in the groin with her broken foot.

"I had been wearing a moon boot but I didn't have it on at the time. I was gutted."

She said the pain through her broken foot was nothing compared to the intense agony in her stomach.

Despite her injuries, she managed to escape to her nearby house, where she lives with her mother-in-law and partner.

"I ran for my life. Even with my broken foot I managed to run," she said.

She reported the incident to the police and was taken by ambulance to Christchurch Hospital.

Her right kidney was inflamed, her right ovary and two arteries were twisted and she had suffered a lot of internal bleeding.

"The doctors said it was lucky I had no damage done to my spine."

The next day she was discharging clots of blood and said her body still ached.

As a result of the attack, she was concerned about walking on the street by herself.

"I try not to let it affect me. I try to get on with my life," she said.

Detective Andrew Owens described the attack, in which nothing was demanded or stolen, as "unprovoked" and "callous".

The men, who are described as European, aged between 20 and 30, were not known to the woman, he said.

"It appears to be a random, unprovoked, callous attack," he said.

Police are appealing for anyone who witnessed the incident or has any information to call Owens on 374 1750.

Alternatively, to provide information anonymously, call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

The Press