A woman who was stabbed in the face and body at a Palmerston
North property where a man was burned to death has had a
second round of surgery.
Police said the woman, aged in her mid 30s, underwent further
surgery yesterday evening. She was now in a serious but
The injured woman and the dead man, aged in his late 60s, are
members of the same family. Police were called to the
family's Russell St house on Friday evening after neighbours
Police spokeswoman Sara Stavropoulos said this man's body had
been removed from the house around noon yesterday.
While a post mortem was being performed today, the extensive
nature of the burns he received meant it would take a while
for him to be formally identified, she said.
A scene examination of the property was also ongoing.
It is understood children were in the property at the time of
Ms Stavropoulos said members of the family were with the
injured woman in hospital.
"We haven't yet formally spoken with them, given the state
they are in. They are completely devastated with what what
Translators were being organised for the family, who were of
Chinese descent, police said.
Officers would speak with them, and the injured woman, when