A 25-year-old woman has been charged with wounding with
intent to cause grievous bodily harm after a man was stabbed
in Whakatane on Tuesday night.
Awhina Patuwai appeared in the Whakatane District Court
yesterday and was remanded in custody overnight while police
continue their investigations.
She also faces charges of shoplifting $473.13 worth of
cosmetics and clothing from Farmers on November 13,
shoplifting $156 worth of alcohol from Liquorland on November
26, and two breaches of bail.
Patuwai appeared in the dock wearing a white boiler suit. She
wiped tears from her face as a discussion went on between
Judge Louis Bidois and lawyer Gene Tomlinson.
Mr Tomlinson said Patuwai had consented to the overnight
remand in custody and a bail application would be made today.
As Patuwai left the dock, people in the gallery called "love
Police had said the man who was stabbed suffered serious
injuries to his chest and was flown to Waikato Hospital for
emergency surgery. He was yesterday in the Intensive Care
Unit in a critical but stable condition.
Detective Greg Standen said police carried out a forensic
examination yesterday and were not looking for anyone else
connected to the stabbing at this stage. The Hotene St house
was secured with police tape while the forensic team carried
out its testing.
- Rotorua Daily Post