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NZ: Blenheim sexual assault arrest (Marlborough)

Publish Date: 20 Nov 2011
Source: The Dominion Post

New Zealand Police

A man has been arrested after a woman was sexually assaulted in her Blenheim home a week ago.

Police said today that a 27-year-old had has been charged with sexual violation, burglary and wounding and will appear in the Blenheim District Court tomorrow.

The charges relate to an incident at an address in Eltham Road at about 5am on November 13.

Detective Sergeant Dave Woodley said the arrest was the result of a lot of hard work by Blenheim Police.

''We know this sort of incident undermines people’s sense of security in their own homes and we've worked extremely hard over the last week to get a result and hopefully enable our community to rest easy again.

''I'd like to thank the public for their support during this operation.
"We've knocked on a lot of doors and asked a lot of questions and the response has been very supportive,'' he said.

Blenheim police had earlier door knocked to find the owner of a pair of floral knickers found at the property where the attack occurred.

At the time police said they were seeking an offender described as a Pacific Islander of a solid build with frizzy hair.

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