13 November, 2014

Self-defence in the News - No. 72

International student fights off attacker 




An 18-year-old international student fought off her attacker as he attempted to kidnap her on Thursday night.

Detective Sergeant Will Loughrin said the student was studying in the library of the Eastwest College of Intercultural Studies in Gordonton, north-east of Hamilton, when she was grabbed.

"...as she was working at a computer, she was grabbed around the neck and dragged by an attacker who we believe was trying to get her to a car parked on the grass outside an adjoining room," he said.

"Unable to scream very loudly due to being held round the throat, the woman has kicked and lashed out, scratching the man with her fingernails before breaking free."

The young girl ran for help and the attacker fled in the car.

"This victim has obviously been quite traumatised by what has happened and we are ensuring she gets the support she needs from Victim Support and from translation services," said Loughrin.

Police are looking for a description of the vehicle which they describe as a white, older model station-wagon.

"The only description we have of the man is he was Maori or Polynesian and aged in his early twenties," said Loughrin.

Police were also interested in hearing from anyone in the Gordonton area who may have seen this vehicle in the few days before the attack because they believe it had been loitering around the Eastwest campus.

Alternatively, people who have information and want to remain anonymous can call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

"People who find themselves in similar situations are advised to try and make as much noise as possible and defend yourself by using sufficient force to prevent harm to yourself or those with you. If someone does attempt to take you away, go to the nearest place other people are to raise the alarm."

- Stuff

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