Police seek public’s help after Lake Hawea attack

Police are seeking help from the public following the rape and assault of a 22-year-old woman in Lake Hawea on Friday, December 28.

A 23-year-old man has been arrested and charged with rape, unlawful sexual connection and male assaults female. He appeared in the Queenstown courts on Wednesday, January 2, and has been remanded in custody until Monday, January 7.

The woman had left the Lake Hawea Hotel at 9.40pm that Friday, and was attacked a short distance away down a grass bank near Capell Avenue.

“While an arrest has been made, police would still like to hear from anyone who was in the Capell Avenue area at the time of the attack as it is possible the offender may have spoken to them,’ Detective Senior Sergeant Malcolm Inglis said.

“Anyone who heard or saw anything in the vicinity of the Lake Hawea Hotel between 9.40pm and 10.30pm on Friday, December 28, or spoke to a man in Capell Avenue between those times, is asked to contact police.”

Anyone with information can contact police on 03 441 1615 or the Wanaka Police Station on 03 443 7272.


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