A man who sexually assaulted a 17-year-old girl in Onekawa
early Sunday morning had approached and threatened her with a
spanner before the attack, police have said.
The man forced the teenager into a public toilet block off
Maadi Rd, opposite the Onekawa shopping centre and attacked
her. Police recovered the spanner from the scene and it was
being forensically examined.
Detective John McGregor of the Hawke's Bay CIB said the
attack happened about 1am as the girl was walking home. While
she received no physical injuries she was left emotionally
shocked. Detectives investigating the incident left it until
yesterday to conduct a detailed interview with her.
At the centre of the investigation is the report of a man
seen walking around the shopping centre in the time before
Mr McGregor said the man was on his own, and his behaviour
caught the attention of one member of the public who had seen
"He appeared quite agitated and we want to hear of any
sightings of this person, who was hanging around the shops
between 11pm and midnight."
Described as Maori, aged about 18 with long dark hair, he was
wearing jeans and a blue checked top. Mr McGregor said he
also appeared to have a bandanna, or an article of clothing
like a T-shirt, wrapped around his face.
"There would have been some traffic on the road at that time
and it is important we talk to anyone who was driving through
or perhaps walking in the area at the time."
Napier Mayor Barbara Arnott said the incident was unsettling
but served as a warning.
She said Napier was as safe a city as any but young people
out at night needed to ensure they had companions with them.
"Of course people should be safe and feel safe in our city,
but young people need to be with company, with friends."
She said for a 17-year-old to be out on their own at that
time of the night was not wise and that young people going
out needed to ensure they were not out alone.
- Hawke's Bay Today