Park needs open­ing up fol­low­ing at­tack

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By KRIS DANDO

As the po­lice hunt con­tin­ues fol­low­ing a sex­ual as­sault in Can­nons Creek Park, the deputy mayor is call­ing for the pine trees that over­look the park to be re­moved or thinned.

The as­sault oc­curred on April 29, be­tween 3am and 6am, when a 21-year-old woman en­tered the park from an al­ley­way off Worces­ter St. As she walked into the park she no­ticed a group of men stand­ing among the trees next to the al­ley­way.

It is al­leged one of the men ap­proached the woman and sex­u­ally as­saulted her, De­tec­tive Sergeant Dave Jones of Porirua CIB says.

The at­tacker is de­scribed as a tall Samoan in his 30s or 40s, of solid build, with an afro hair­cut and pierced eye­brow.

‘‘We would ur­gently like to hear from any­one who may have heard or seen any­thing sus­pi­cious [in that area] on the Sun­day morn­ing.’’

De­tec­tive Jones says the vic­tim lost a num­ber of be­long­ings dur­ing the at­tack, in­clud­ing a pink cell­phone.

At the Porirua City Coun­cil com­mit­tee meet­ing last week, deputy mayor Liz Kelly said ‘‘screams and shouts’’ were com­mon­place in the wee hours around those par­tic­u­lar trees. A re­port will go to the next meet­ing.

Wanted man: Po­lice have re­leased this sketch of the al­leged at­tacker of a woman in Can­nons Creek Park in the early hours of April 29. Any­one with in­for­ma­tion can con­tact Porirua Po­lice on 238 1400.

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