Case 7: Crime of the Week - Riccarton Racecourse Serious Assault, Christchurch

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Case 7: Crime of the Week - Riccarton Racecourse Serious Assault, Christchurch

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Ten 7, Episode

2
22nd February 2018

Police in Christchurch are investigating an alleged serious assault at the Riccarton Racecourse on Sunday 19th November.

At about 12:15am, the victim was working at the Riccarton Racecourse. He was in his vehicle when he observed two groups of people. Unsure if they were related to one another, he then noticed a Pacific Islander male urinating. The victim has told him to move along and he has walked off with a Caucasian male.

Shortly after that, the victim was sitting in his vehicle when the Caucasian male reappeared and opened his driver side door. While the male tried to pull the keys out of the ignition, the Pacific Islander male that had been urinating has then opened the front passenger door. This male picked up a bowl that was in the victim’s car and smashed it into the victim’s face causing a serious injury to his left eye. The male also punched the victim in the head.

The Caucasian male then took the victim’s cellphone and threw it before the other male grabbed the victim and yelled at him.

The victim has lost vision in his left eye and he may require it to be replaced with a glass eye.

The first male was described as:

  • Caucasian
  • Mid 30's
  • Approx 185cm / 6ft
  • Skinny build

Shoulder length strawberry blonde hair with sunken cheeks, stubble and a goatee. He was wearing a black hoody with a design on front, black track pants

The second male was described as:

  • Pacific Islander
  • Mid 30's 
  • Under 184cm / 6ft
  • Solid build

He had close cropped hair, was clean shaven. He was wearing a short sleeve blue & white checked shirt and blue denim jeans.

The victim described the pair as an “odd couple”.

Christchurch Police would like to hear from anyone who may recognise the male(s) description.