Police are looking for a "cowardly" attacker whose vicious
assault on a 22-year-old man left him with serious head
injuries in Christchurch last weekend.
Two men and a woman were approached by a group of four men
and two women after arriving in a taxi to a Cashel St address
in Linwood at about 2am last Sunday, Detective Sergeant Mark
After an "exchange" between the two groups, one of the men
from the larger group followed the group from the taxi up the
driveway of a house.
"Two men have then been subject to a vicious and unprovoked
attack by the man who had followed them. The offender punched
one man twice in the face, knocking him to the ground," said
"The second man stepped in to protect the first victim and
was punched two or three times in the face. He fell backwards
while unconscious, with the back of his head striking
The man suffered a fractured skull and a brain bleed and had
to be admitted to intensive care at Christchurch Hospital.
It is believed the attacker then left the scene on foot with
the rest of the group.
"This was a cowardly attack that has left a young man with
serious injuries," said Reid.
"We really need the public's help to identify this offender,
so that he can be held to account for his actions."
The offender has been described as Maori and in his early
20s. He is about 1.7m tall and of average build.
He was wearing a black hoodie and a black cap.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective
Sergeant Reid on (03) 3637400 or phone Crimestoppers
anonymously on 0800 555 111.
- Herald Online