A 20-year-old Hastings man was stabbed nine times in an early
morning attack at a Napier house on Sunday which police say
was domestic related.
While the victim was undergoing emergency surgery in Hawkes
Bay, detectives began tracking down his attacker - and
enquiries led them to another Napier address which Detective
Mike Signal described as "his family's home".
A 24-year-old Napier man was spoken to that afternoon and
subsequently arrested and charged with wounding and
He appeared in the Napier District Court yesterday and was
remanded into custody until tomorrow.
Mr Signal said the incident took place at a house in Morris
Spence Ave, Onekawa, just after 5.30am.
While the two people involved did not know each other they
both knew someone at the address.
There were other people in the house at the time but no one
else was involved in the incident.
Police were alerted by others at the house who also helped
attend to the victim until emergency services arrived. By the
time police got to the scene the offender had fled.
Mr Signal said the victim was a lucky man as the wounds were
"reasonable size punctures" but none had struck a vital
The weapon used in the attack had not yet been located but is
believed to be a hunting or fishing-style knife.
The injured man's condition was said to be stable.
- Roger Moroney of Hawke's Bay Today