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Burglar punches sleeping woman in face

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 2/03/2017

A Hamilton woman sleeping on her couch has woken to find a burglar in her home, who whacked her twice in the face.

The man, described as a chubby Maori in his early 20s, then fled with the 61-year-old woman's handbag, Detective Maree Stevenson says.

The attack took place in the suburb of Dinsdale at 2.45pm on Tuesday, she said.

The man is believed to have entered the house through an unlocked door and is described as having black, scruffy hair and with a distinctive tattoo of a cross on his neck.

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