An 18-year-old exchange student from Asia has been left with
facial injuries and bruising after an attack by three men in
The attackers, aged between about 17 and 22, punched and
kneed the teenager in the head, then stole his passport,
wallet, iPod and backpack, Senior Sergeant Phil McDouall
The attack happened about 3.30am on Saturday when the
exchange student was walking home along Hillside Rd after
finishing a late shift at his part-time job.
Snr Sgt McDouall said two of the attackers were described as
Maori and the other as Caucasian. He did not think the attack
was racially motivated.
"The exchange student was walking home listening to his iPod
and kicking a can along the street, and apparently these guys
didn't like that and jumped him. They took off with his
belongings and tossed out what they didn't want, which we
found on nearby streets," Snr Sgt McDouall said.
The student was taken to Dunedin Hospital for treatment.
The attack was being investigated by the Dunedin CIB.
Anyone with information about the incident was urged to
contact Dunedin police.