Man mugged in Hagley Park
A man was left unconscious in Hagley Park for more than an hour after being attacked by two men while he was walking home.
The assault happened in South Hagley Park on the walkway along Deans Ave, opposite Freyberg Pl, between 3am and 5.20am on Sunday.
Detective Andrew Owens said the 30-year-old victim was walking through the park to get to a friend's house in Addington when he was approached by at least two men and assaulted.
The victim was knocked unconscious and left lying in the park for at least an hour before a passer-by found him and called emergency services.
"They're certainly not known [to each other] by any stretch, so it is random really. There's no preceding incident; it's not like it's something that started in a bar and carried on later," Owens said.
The man was taken to Christchurch Hospital and treated for head injuries, including a suspected left eye socket fracture. He was discharged that morning.
"All things considered, he's good. He's obviously had the shock on the night and he was a bit sore later that morning," Owens said.
Several items were stolen from the victim during the attack, including his cellphone, wallet, iPod and keys.
The keys were later handed in to a nearby library, but the other items had not yet been recovered.
Owens said the victim had little recollection of the attack, and police wanted to speak to anyone who may have seen two or three people in the park at the time.
Police particularly wanted to speak to two men who may have been walking in the area. They were believed to be European, in their mid-20s to early 30s. One had blond hair.
Anyone with information is asked to call Owens on 03 363 7659, or they can provide information anonymously by calling Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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