Teen charged over burning faces

Last updated 11:52 12/12/2012

Relevant offers

National

One dead in fatal crash Change is all around us Soldiers battle the odds to compete in Invictus Happy trails on Ruapehu at last Maori TV cartoons could help to animate language "Arrogant" spotlight hunting pair convicted Glass slivers prompt medicine recall Schools' faith in 'opt in' religious education Peters claims quake workers weren't paid Map: Voter enrolment rates declining

Central Otago police have arrested an Alexandra teen for allegedly disfiguring others.

It was believed the 17-year-old preyed on unsuspecting young people, burning them with a heated cigarette lighter after they had fallen asleep at parties.

Detective Sergeant Derek Shaw, of Alexandra, said police were treating the incident seriously as the teen had targeted the victims' faces and head area in at least two incidents.

The offending had occurred during the past three months and the burns, in the shape of a crescent and referred to as a "smiley", had not started to clear up yet, Shaw said.

The male teen was expected to appear in the Alexandra District Court today on two charges of injuring with the intent to disfigure.

Police urged people to come forward if they have been a target of similar attacks.

Ad Feedback

- The Southland Times

Special offers

Featured Promotions

Sponsored Content