Stu­dent’s night goes from bad to worse

East and Bays Courier - - COMMUNITY COOKBOOK - MANDY TE AND CATRIN OWEN

A Chi­nese in­ter­na­tional stu­dent has been left shaken and feel­ing help­less after she was mugged and had her Auck­land apart­ment ran­sacked in the same night.

The woman, who only wants to be re­ferred to as Lin, has lived in Auck­land for four years and ‘‘never thought this would hap­pen’’.

Lin first shared her story with Chi­nese news web­site Skykiwi but told Stuff that on Septem­ber 22 at about 8pm she was mugged in Pon­sonby.

‘‘The per­son came from be­hind and took my hand­bag.’’

Lin said she was on her way to a res­tau­rant in Pon­sonby with her three friends when the in­ci­dent hap­pened.

Her wal­let, pass­port, cell­phone, car and house keys and a re­ceipt with her home ad­dress on it were stolen, she said.

Two of Lin’s friends ran after the thief who took off in a get­away car, Lin said.

Lin re­ported the in­ci­dent at the Auck­land cen­tral po­lice sta­tion and later re­turned home at about 11.45 to her apart­ment build­ing on Hob­son St.

When Lin got home, she no­ticed her apart­ment was un­locked and her room was a mess, she said.

‘‘The guy found the re­ceipt with my ad­dress on it and went to my home,’’ Lin said.

Bags, shoes and jew­ellery worth a to­tal of $16,000 were taken as well as her room­mate’s be­long­ings, Lin said.

Lin said she was so fright­ened

‘‘When I came four years ago, I never thought this could hap­pen.’’

she went to stay at her friend’s place.

CCTV footage showed the al­leged of­fender re­turned to the apart­ment at about 2.30am and re­turned her pass­port.

The man then re­turned with her car keys.

Lin had not re­turned to her apart­ment since the in­ci­dent and had found a new place to live.

‘‘I can’t sleep be­cause I’m so afraid,’’ she said.

‘‘I want to pro­tect my­self be­cause I’m an in­ter­na­tional stu­dent, I don’t know who can help me,’’ she said.

‘‘When I came four years ago, I never thought this could hap­pen.’’

Lin is try­ing to get back to nor­mal but not longer feels safe in New Zealand.

A po­lice spokesper­son said po­lice were con­tin­u­ing to make en­quiries and were re­view­ing CCTV footage of Lin’s apart­ment.

No ar­rests had been made and no sim­i­lar in­ci­dents had been re­ported, po­lice said.

BE­VAN READ/STUFF

Lin has been study­ing and liv­ing in Auck­land for the past four years.

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