Woman apologises; has no recollection

Queenstown police are warning people to look after their friends and their drinks following an alleged incident in the resort early on Christmas Day.

Yesterday, the Otago Daily Times reported a Queenstown resident said she had been assaulted in her vehicle by an unknown English woman she picked up on Glenda Dr about 12.30am on Christmas Day.

The victim, who did not want to be named, alleged the woman had been hiding from a group of men and accepted an offer of assistance.

Moments later the woman - known only as ''Mary'' - began ''going gibberish'' before attempting to choke her and gouge her eyes, she said.

The woman said she drove to the BP Frankton station, stopped and removed the passenger, who ran off once out of the vehicle.

Police were called, but were unable to locate the woman.

Sergeant Mark Gill, of Queenstown, said the 26-year-old English woman presented herself at the Queenstown Police Station yesterday and stated she had ''no recollection'' of the incident.

''As a result of that, basically we've spoken to the victim and she was uninjured and doesn't wish to pursue the matter any further.

"The young girl contacted the victim herself and has met with her and apologised for her behaviour.''

Sgt Gill said the young woman had been at a party, remembered wanting to leave, but couldn't remember anything after that.

There was no evidence her drink had been spiked, however Sgt Gill said it was a ''timely reminder'' for people to be safe while drinking.

''Look after your friends, be aware of what you're drinking and look after your drinks.''


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