Student nurse seriously assaulted, robbed in Christchurch's Hagley Park

The Canterbury District Health Board confirmed the student nurse had just finished work when she was attacked.
The Canterbury District Health Board confirmed the student nurse had just finished work when she was attacked. Photo credit: File

A student nurse was seriously assaulted while walking to her car after work in Christchurch's Hagley Park.

She had just finished her shift at Christchurch Hospital when the incident happened at around 10.30pm on Thursday night, The Canterbury District Health Board (CDHB) confirmed. 

She received treatment for her injuries in the hospital's Emergency Department and has since been discharged.

A man approached her, assaulted her and stole items from her before running off.

Police caught the 18-year-old alleged offender, in the area a short time after the assault.

On Friday morning, Tane Faatafa, appeared by audio visual link in the Christchurch District Court charged with injuring with intent to injure the student nurse, robbing the woman of a handbag, laptop, and personal possessions while armed with a knife, and unlawfully having a knife in a public place and wounding the woman with intent, Court News reports. 

A legal aid application is being processed and he has been remanded in custody to April 30.

The CDHB is working with Ara Institute of Canterbury to provide care and support to the nurse, her family and fellow students.

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