Woman in wheelchair assaulted

MATT BOWEN
Last updated 11:05 21/01/2013

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A near toothless, sunken cheeked man has indecently assaulted a disabled female as she rolled her wheelchair along a suburban street and police want the public's help to track the offender down.

Hamilton City Police are investigating the incident that occurred on Mardon Rd, Hamilton on January 14.  

Between 4.30 - 4.45pm last Monday the 51-year-old victim was travelling along Mardon Rd when she was confronted by a male unknown to her. 

The male grabbed the victim and indecently assaulted her.

Police did not comment on the details of the act, however indecent assault includes kissing, groping or other touching "without the person's consent" and is generally of a sexual nature.

The offender is described as male Maori, 50-60 years old, 150-160 cm in height and of small build.He was physically described as having a grey goatee/beard, sunken cheeks and missing all front teeth except one tooth on the right side of his mouth.

The offender was wearing blue denim jeans and a blue denim jacket.

The victim was extremely upset and shaken up over the incident. 

Police believe the male is local to the Mardon Rd/Peachgrove area and are appealing for any witnesses to the incident, or people who have information as to the identity of the offender to contact them. 

Contact Detective William Loughrin on 07-834-9413 or 027-704-8589. Alternatively information can be left anonymously with Crime stoppers on 0800 555111.

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