Police release sketch of rapist

04:30, Mar 19 2014
Rapist police sketch
RAPIST SOUGHT: Police are looking for a man, who looks like this, in connection with a rape in Sockburn last year.

Police have released a computer-generated sketch of a rapist who attacked a young mother in her Christchurch home.

The image, based on her description of the attacker, was released today in a last-ditch effort by police to identify the man before the investigation winds down. 

The man appeared to be posing as a contractor when he knocked on the front door of the woman's Middlepark Rd, Sockburn, home about 10.50am on September 24.

He was wearing high-visibility vest and claimed to be there to inspect damage from a recent storm.

A scarf was used to manipulate the woman during the assault.

The woman's 7-month-old baby was home at the time. 


Police said the computer-generated image of the suspect was created soon after the attack, but was not released because of its potential to be inaccurate.

The suspect was described as a Maori or Polynesian, in his late 40s, tall and of stocky build, with a large nose with some red markings, a slightly bushy moustache and dark, mop-like hair almost to his eyebrows and covering his ears. He was believed to be missing one or two teeth on one side of his mouth.

Detective Senior Sergeant Darryl Sweeney said a "comprehensive criminal investigation" had been carried out since the attack, which involved "detailed and wide-ranging inquiries".

Police door-knocked almost every house in the surrounding area and distributed flyers seeking information.

"The investigation has now been reviewed and with no current information to further the inquiry, the case will remain open pending future suspect nominations," he said. 

Sweeney said police would continue to collate information and compare future crimes to this offence.

He said the victim had been "well supported" by family and Victim Support. 

She was aware of the status of the investigation, he said. 

Anyone who recognised the man depicted, or who knew someone of a similar description, was asked to phone police on 363-7400 or the anonymous Crimestoppers line on 0800 555 111. 

The Press