An 18-year-old assaulted within two months of moving to
Dunedin is seeking help to identify his attackers.
The teenager moved from Wellington in February to study at
the University of Otago, and is now organising a learning aid
after his right wrist and left collarbone were broken.
He was walking along Dundas St with his girlfriend about 11pm
on April 17 when a glass bottle was thrown at them from a
The vehicle, a blue Subaru Impreza with tinted front windows,
then stopped and three men got out.
They assaulted the young student, who was knocked
His girlfriend's screaming alerted a member of the public,
who called police and for an ambulance.
The injured teenager was taken to Dunedin Hospital and has
temporarily returned to Wellington to recover at home during
the mid-semester break.
He has asked to remain anonymous, fearing reprisal, but hoped
someone would recognise the vehicle involved.
The incident occurred near a dairy in Dundas St, and the
offenders left before police arrived.
Sergeant Ben Butterfield, of Dunedin, said there was a
possibility another vehicle - a white car - may have been
involved in the incident.
''It is possible that two cars stopped, so we are obviously
interested in any information about the blue Impreza and the
white car, which were seen heading towards Harbour Tce,'' he
The student remembered little of the incident and was unable
to give police vehicle registration details. His girlfriend,
who was not assaulted, was also from Wellington. Neither of
them knew the alleged offenders.
The teenager's mother, of Wellington, said she would be
''extremely grateful'' if any information about the vehicle
and its occupants was passed on to police.
''Someone may have seen it. We're not after a witch-hunt, but
we want to do all we can before we let it go.''
She said the attack was ''extremely frightening'',
particularly for her son's girlfriend who had to watch him
''We are just extremely grateful that her screams brought
people out, otherwise we could be sitting in a hospital with
our son's brain swollen, deciding whether to turn off
She said her son had consumed ''some'' alcohol before the
incident, but she believed the attack was unprovoked.
''He certainly didn't abuse them [the men in the car].''
Dunedin police are continuing to investigate the incident.
Anyone with information about the assault or the vehicles can
contact Sergeant Ben Butterfield at Dunedin Central police
station on 471-4800, or provide information anonymously
through the Crimestoppers line 0800-555-111.