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A second woman says she was the victim of an attempted
rape the morning a 34-year-old sex worker was viciously raped
and assaulted in Auckland's Symonds St cemetery earlier this
The sex worker suffered numerous physical injuries during the
attack which took place during the early hours of the morning
on Saturday, March 15.
She had met her assailant in the vicinity of Liverpool St and
Karangahape Rd prior to the assault.
Police have today released an image of a man captured on CCTV
in the area at the time they wish to identify and locate.
Auckland City police CIB Detective Sergeant Geoff Baber said
they believed the man may have valuable information which
could assist the investigation.
No weapons were used in the attack but the victim suffered
serious injuries to her head, torso and legs, and as a result
and was hospitalised for two days, he said.
Investigators also wanted to speak to a woman who called
police about 1.50am on the morning of the attack complaining
of an attempted rape by a violent man in a car in Hereford St
or Hopetoun St.
Her claim was investigated, however the name and address she
provided to police was incorrect, Mr Baber said.
"'We'd like that woman to contact us so that we can determine
whether or not her complaint is related to the vicious attack
on the 34 year-old woman a few hours later."
Following the attack the victim sought refuge in the Langham
Hotel, where staff assisted her and contacted police.
In 1996, sex worker Natacha Hogan, known as Twiggy, was raped
and murdered in the Symonds St Cemetery by New Zealand's
first serial killer, Hayden Poulter.
Anyone with information about the attack is urged to contact
Detective Sergeant Baber on 021 191 6089, email firstname.lastname@example.org
or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.