Police reassurance about Dunedin incidents very disturbing indeed!
Posted by te2ataria on December 7, 2015
Murder victim Karin Ann Ross ‘unfairly taken’ from her children
Dunedin – Ross Creek Sexual Assault: a 23 year-old woman was sexually assaulted [raped] at Ross Creek in Dunedin on Monday, 30 November. The attacker is described as European, tall, of a skinny build and of an undetermined age. He is believed to have been wearing black shoes, a black t-shirt, and a pair of black ‘Skins’ with white writing. http://www.police.govt.nz/news/release/police-investigating-assault-woman-ross-creek-dunedin
Dunedin – The Strathallan Street homicide: 51 year-old Karin Ann Ross was found dead at a Strathallan St address was Karin Ann Ross of Dunedin, police said. As a result of the post-mortem and a detailed scene examination, Police have upgraded the investigation to a homicide. http://www.police.govt.nz/news/release/update-strathallan-st-death
Dunedin – Cyclist attacked on Portsmouth Drive: a 45 year old female was riding her bike on Portsmouth Drive, around the area of The Molars, near the intersection of Strathallan, when she was attacked by a male, police said. The attacker shouted at her before grabbing her bike and punching her approximately four times in the right side of her body. He then threw the female, still on her bike, onto the grass verge of Portsmouth Drive [possibly with the intent to rape her.] http://www.police.govt.nz/news/release/cyclist-attacked-portsmouth-drive-dunedin
The blog issued the following warning yesterday (December 6).
[Warning: Female cyclists in News Zealand are soft targets for rapists.]
The Disturbing Police Reassurance
Inspector Kelvin Lloyd, Acting Area Commander: Otago Coastal, is also aware of the sentiments which are being felt around the Dunedin community.
“I’m aware there are quite a lot of concerned residents across the Dunedin area who are worried about the incidents over the last week. I can’t reiterate enough that we have an experienced and professional group of staff who are working extremely hard to resolve each of these cases.
“I can confirm these cases are in no way linked to each other. For operational reasons, and while a homicide investigation is ongoing, I’m not in a position to explain in detail why they’re not linked, but the information police currently have strongly indicates this is the case.”
Mr Lloyd would also like to reassure the community that talks of this being a ‘crime spree’ are unfounded. http://www.police.govt.nz/news/release/update-dunedin-incidents
Decide for yourselves why the police is making the following contradictory statements in the same breath:
- “it is unusual for Dunedin to see this type of crime happening within a short period of time”
- “these cases are in no way linked to each other”
- “talks of this being a ‘crime spree’ are unfounded”