A computer-generated likeness of the attacker. Supplied
A 62-year-old woman, violently raped on New Year's Day,
has spoken of her ordeal to detectives hunting for the
"dangerous" man who attacked her.
The woman was bashed and sexually assaulted in a community
garden in the Victory area of Nelson as she worked alone on
Tuesday afternoon, in an attack police described as "cowardly
Detective Sergeant Ian Langridge said the recovering woman
had been "very detailed" about the attack when interviewed by
He said a large number of police continued to hunt for the
"dangerous", "unpredictable" and "violent" man.
Police have released a sketch of a suspect after a lengthy
interview with the woman, who was discharged from hospital
"She's been very detailed about what happened," Mr Langridge
"She's a very strong woman and she's recovering well.
Obviously she's traumatised by the incident. She'll take a
lot of support to get her right again."
The offender is described as either Maori or Polynesian,
170cm tall, with a short, "number 3" haircut.
He has distinctive "tribal" style tattoos, with one arm
covered from the shoulder to the wrist and the other arm from
the shoulder to the elbow.
Police have maintained high profile patrols of the area, and
tomorrow they will have a stand at the Montgomery Square
markets where people can provide information.
Forensic analysis of evidence taken by police is being
treated as urgent, Mr Langridge said.
Those test results are expected by next week.
Anyone with information should call Nelson Police on 03 546
3840, the Operation Corinna free call number 0508 267 4662 or
Crime Stoppers on 0800 555 111.