More details of jogger's attacker released

A further description of the man who police say attacked a late-night jogger in Dunedin has been released in the hope it will result in more information from the public.

Dunedin police yesterday said they had little response to a plea for information about the attack or sightings of the attacker or his victim.

An 18-year-old woman was jogging through Jubilee Park about 11.30pm on Monday when she was attacked about halfway along a lit track running between Canongate and Maori Rd.

She had passed the alleged attacker some minutes before as she went down some steps leading from Canongate to Serpentine Ave.

When she returned and jogged along the track towards Maori Rd she was attacked with a broken bottle, receiving cuts to her forehead, cheeks, hand and arm, for which she needed stitches.

The man gave up his attack and ran off in the direction of Maori Rd when a dog started barking, Detective Constable Rebecca Hill said yesterday.

"This was a particularly serious attack and we are keen to catch the offender."

The area was frequently used by joggers and people walking their dogs and it was possible the dog belonged to someone living nearby or was being walked nearby.

Police said they would like to hear from anyone with any information or who had seen people in the area between 11pm and midnight on Monday.

The man is described as Caucasian, aged 25-30 and about 170 to 175cm tall.

He is of a medium to heavy build, with short, unevenly cut hair, an unshaven face with stubble and a prominent forehead.

He was wearing jeans and a dark-coloured light rain-jacket, with a pocket and a distinctive zip on the front.

Police were also keen to talk to anyone who saw the jogger, who was wearing two-tone Canterbury running shorts, black running tights and a black singlet.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Det Const Hill at the Dunedin Central Police Station on 471-4800.

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