Napier Police Warn Parents About Sexual Predator After Third Incident in Three Months

The alleyway into Woodhouse Place.

Napier police are warning about the dangers of sexual predators after a 17 year old female was sexually assaulted by a 15 year old youth in Woodhouse Place, Pirimai, at 11.30am on 31 January 2013. It was the third such attack in the areas in as many months.

“The offender was described as a teenage boy, around 15, who had followed the young woman on what she told police was a black BMX-style bicycle.
Mr Lynch said police were now reasonably confident the offender lived somewhere in the immediate area…” more here

The assault happened two days before an 8 year old was raped on Oreti Beach, near Invercargill. A 20 year old male has been arrested in connection with that attack. The week before an English tourist was raped and beaten on the  walkway overlooking Owhanake Bay on Waiheke Island.  17 year old Cane Norton Kelland was arrested and charged in connection with the attack.

The attack is following a disturbing trend in New Zealand – that of sex attacks on children and young women by young males.

There have been many violent acts perpetrated by young teens over the last few years in New Zealand, the most heinous of which must surely be the rape and savage beating of a five year old European tourist on a campsite in Turangi last year. 16 year old Raurangi Marino  was later sentenced to a mere 10 years imprisonment for burglary, sexual violation by rape and for causing grievous bodily harm.

According to a list published by Hawke’s Bay Today the three latest assaults are

“October 30, 2012: An 11-year-old girl was sexually assaulted by a man described as aged about 20, slim and 1.7m tall, on the green belt along Georges Drive, Napier, about 4.30pm. The case has not been solved.

November 25, 2012: A 17-year-old girl was indecently assaulted near public toilets off Maadi Rd in Onekawa, Napier. Police later arrested a (16 year old) teenager after CCTV footage led to him being identified.

January 31: A 17-year-old girl is followed by a teenage boy on a bike and sexually assaulted in Woodhouse Place, Pirimai, Napier.” more here

One has to ask, is New Zealand failing its youth and what sort of dysfunctional society are these young males being brought up in?

And, should more be done to inform tourists and immigrants about the risks they are taking when visiting New Zealand, which is often portrayed as a safe destination abroad?


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English Tourist Victim of Waiheke Island Rape – 17 year old youth arrested (23 January 2013)

Turangi Camp Site Attack – “New Zealand Needs To Take A Good Look At Itself” The World Is Watching

Gang Prospects Jailed For The Rape Of Japanese Tourist In Opotiki

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  1. just an aside. Factoid: “one-third of people with HIV in New Zealand don’t know they have it,” Rachael Le Mesurier, executive director of the New Zealand AIDS Foundation, said (AFP/, 10/5)”.

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