20 Aug 2015

Solvent attack: CCTV image released

2:16 pm on 20 August 2015

Nelson police have released the image of a man they wish to speak to about a solvent attack in the city yesterday.

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Photo: NZ Police

Local man Lewis Reginald Stanton, also known as Hone Ma Heke, was sleeping rough outside the entrance to the council office about 6.45am yesterday when the attack occurred.

He was taken to Nelson Hospital with solvent burns to his mouth and throat, and told Checkpoint yesterday that he thought he was going to die.

Police said the would like to speak with the man in the released photo over the incident. The car is believed to be a silver or grey Nissan Pulsar or Primera with a rear spoiler and possibly chrome mag wheels.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact Detective Constable Dan Shields at Nelson Police on (03) 546 3840.