15 Nov 2022

Christchurch stabbing: Witnesses saw attacker flee with woman in white car

From Checkpoint, 5:08 pm on 15 November 2022

Police are trying to identify a couple seen near Bexley park around the time a man walking his dog was stabbed multiple times.

The man's family found him conscious but critically wounded at the Christchurch Park yesterday morning after the dog returned to the house without him, prompting them to go searching. He had set off with the dog at around 4:45am for their walk.

Yesterday police asked anyone with CCTV or dashcam from the area, from 4am onwards, to check their footage.

Detective Inspector Nicola Reeves told Checkpoint a couple were walking near the entrance to the park, they heard raised voices, looked over and saw a man attacking another man. 

Reeves said they saw the man get into a small white car, which left on Pages Rd. 

The man was wearing hi-vis clothing. 

"Obviously, the time of the morning it is a little bit dark but there is lighting around the entrance to the reserve... It looks to them like a bit of a fight. They can't see a weapon."

Reeves said the woman who was seen accompanying the attacker is described as a "possibly Māori or Pasifika descent, solid build, around 176cm... with long dark hair." 

Distinctively, Reeves said, the woman is wearing long white clothing - maybe a dress. 

She said the witnesses did not realise the seriousness of what they saw. They called police early on, but not immediately, Reeves said.