Kaikoura police are appealing for witnesses to a savage, unprovoked assault in the part of the township known as the West End (see Google street view above).
The attack happened underneath the railway bridge (a particularly downbeat part of town, population just 4,000) around 1.30am on New Year’s day. A Christchurch man in his early 20s was left with serious facial injuries and was airlifted to Christchurch hospital (there’s still no local facilities to deal with serious injuries).
Kaikoura Sergeant Matt Boyce said
‘‘This was a serious assault. This sort of behaviour is not tolerated and police are keen to hold the offender or offenders to account for their actions.’’
Boyce also said that the assault was captured on the town’s security cameras Witnesses are asked to contact Kaikoura Police on 03 319 5038.
Kaikoura rape still unsolved
There’s still no word on the outcome of the investigation into the rape of a woman in the town. The woman in her early 20s was attacked at around 6pm on 4th May last year.
The town has been beset by violent crime, vandalism and cruelty to marine life for a number of years