Sex attacker sketch released

03:10, Feb 27 2013
Police sketch of sex attacker
SKETCH: This computer-generated image is based on the teenager's description of her attacker.

Police have released a computer-generated sketch of a man they are looking for over a sexually motivated attack in a Christchurch park.

The 19-year-old victim believes she was only able to escape because her dog came to her aid, attacking the man.

The computer sketch is based on the victim's description of her attacker, who grabbed her from behind near some bushes in Jellie Park, Burnside, about 1.50am on Sunday.

Saviour dog
TO THE RESCUE: The teenager's dog saved her from further injury.

The teenager's dog had run off when she arrived home, and she had chased after him towards the park. She was close to the road when she was grabbed.

When she fought her attacker, by scratching and kicking him, he sliced her with an unknown weapon. She said she had cuts to her arms, hands and face as he tried to slash at her throat.

The dog bit the attacker, described as a European with dark facial stubble, on the neck or shoulder.


Police said this would have caused "discomfort". However, enquiries with medical facilities have not provided any leads on the suspect. 

The incident was one of two sexually motivated attacks on teenagers in Christchurch at the weekend.

About 9.30pm on Friday, a 14-year-old was attacked and pulled into bushes in Walton St close to Colombo St. She suffered bruising but no other serious injuries.

Police do not believe the attacks are related.

Anyone who recognises the face in the police sketch, or knows someone who looks similar, should phone Christchurch police on 363 7400 or to provide information anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

The Press