22yo woman raped and assaulted in Wanaka, police investigating

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Police are investigating the alleged rape and assault of a 22-year-old woman in Wanaka just before New Year's Eve.

The attack happened shortly after 9:40pm on December 28 after the victim left the Lake Hawea Hotel, a short distance away down a grass bank near Capell Ave.

A 23-year-old man has been arrested and charged with rape, unlawful sexual connection and male assaults female.

He appeared in a Queenstown court on Wednesday and has been remanded in custody until Monday, January 7.

Police still want to hear from anyone who was near the Lake Hawea Hotel between 9:40pm and 10:30pm on December 28, or spoke to a man in Capell Ave between those times.

Anyone with information is asked to call police on (03) 441 1615, the Wanaka police station on (03) 443 7272 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.


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