Naked Israeli tourist admitted to mental hospital

Woman stripped naked last week when New Zealand road workers whistled at her.

May 28, 2008 07:52
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An Israeli tourist who stripped naked last week when New Zealand road workers whistled at her has been admitted to a mental health unit after allegedly assaulting a bar worker, police said Wednesday. The woman was arrested Friday night after allegedly putting out a cigarette on the face of a bar worker in the tourist town of Coromandel on North Island. She appeared in Hamilton District Court on Saturday charged with assault with intent to injure and was remanded to Waikato Hospital's mental health unit, said constable Peter Easton of the Coromandel police. Last Thursday, workmen in the small northern farming town of Kerikeri were repairing the main street when the young woman took offense at their whistling. The woman calmly stripped bare to use an ATM - bringing an abrupt halt to both the whistles and the road work - then put her clothes back on and walked away. At the time the woman, who has not been named, told police she didn't take kindly to the men's advances. "She gave the explanation that she had been ... pestered by New Zealand men. She's not an unattractive-looking lady," Sgt. Peter Masters had said.

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