Case 2: Featured Case - Ilam Field Sexual Assault, Christchurch

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Case 2: Featured Case - Ilam Field Sexual Assault, Christchurch

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  • Case 2: Featured Case - Ilam Field Sexual Assault, Christchurch
  • Case 2: Featured Case - Ilam Field Sexual Assault, Christchurch
  • Case 2: Featured Case - Ilam Field Sexual Assault, Christchurch
  • Case 2: Featured Case - Ilam Field Sexual Assault, Christchurch

Ten 7 Aotearoa, Episode

18
8th September 2022

Police need your help after a young woman was sexually violated in Christchurch. The attack happened about 11pm on Saturday, 12 March, on Ilam Fields, directly opposite the University Canterbury campus. This happened during a ‘traffic light’ that was happening on the other side of the fields near the University halls of residence.

The victim met a male at the party who seemed friendly enough and offered her a drink from a PUMP bottle. Believing it to be water, she accepted, but soon began to feel unwell. She’s made her way over to the bushes to vomit, now thinking the drink to be spiked. The male followed her and refused her request to leave. He then became violent, dragged her behind a bench and violated her. The male then left and his movements from there are unknown.

Prior to the attack, the victim noticed the male in better lighting and which has helped with a description.

The male is described as:

  • Aged in his 20s
  • Approx 183cm / 6ft
  • Very fair skin, with some stubble
  • Short, dark brown hair which may have been recently cut
  • “Rugby type” nose which looked swollen
  • Very thick, defined eyebrows
  • Has a tattoo or mark on the left side of his neck right in the middle

His clothing is described as:

  • Green Boston Celtics jersey with a picture of a basketball in the centre
  • Cream cargo pants which had keys in them
  • White Nike Air Force shoes with light blue and dark blue on different parts of the shoe
  • Black ring on one of his fingers.

The young woman had every right to feel safe at a party with her friends. Instead, she was singled out and targeted by a sexual predator. She no longer feels safe walking on her own in public even during daylight, and has someone with her now to make her feel a little bit safer.

You may have been at the party, recognise someone who fits the description of the attacker or you’ve heard someone bragging about this. You may also have inadvertently captured the attacker in pictures or video at the party. If this is the case, police need to hear from you.

Finding the person responsible will give the young woman her sense of safety back and help ensure nothing like this happens to anyone else. If you can help with information, photographs or video or know who the male might be, then get in touch on 0800 107 INFO now, or email the case officer from this website.