The police officer stabbed in the face has been discharged
from Auckland City Hospital early this afternoon.
Todd Martin, community constable for Mission Bay and St
Heliers, was attacked with a long-bladed knife while
responding to reports of a man being threatening and abusive
It is believed Mr Martin was stabbed through the nose. He
will now spend time recuperating at home, police say.
It is also believed another officer was stabbed with a
screwdriver but police said Mr Martin was the only officer
A 38-yar-old Mt Wellington man appeared in the Auckland
District Court this morning in connection with the stabbing.
He faces a charge of wounding Mr Martin with intent to cause
grievous bodily harm and three charges of assault with a
weapon, against fellow officers Alan Wung, Andrew Clarke and
The accused's occupation was not listed on court documents.
Community Magistrate Dianne Hale suppressed the suspect's
name until his next appearance on October 29.
He was remanded in custody and ordered to undergo a
Police prosecutor Sergeant Ian McMeeking told media the man
was charged with assault with a weapon rather than assaulting
a police officer because it carries a higher maximum penalty
_ five years in prison rather than three.
Mr Martin is stationed at Newmarket and has been in the
police for nine years.
He was stabbed while talking to a man on Hapimana Rd, which
leads from Tamaki Drive to the MJ Savage Memorial Park
overlooking the Hauraki Gulf about 10.20am yesterday.
He was with two other officers. All were wearing stab-proof
Acting Auckland commander Inspector Jim Wilson said yesterday
Mr Martin was "taken completely by surprise''.