A 29-year-old inmate suffered "disfiguring" injuries with a
sharp weapon after a stabbing at Spring Hill Prison last
Waikato Detective Senior Sergeant Whitehead said Corrections
staff were alerted about 8pm yesterday.
The prisoner was initially rushed to Waikato Hospital in
critical condition, but was stabilised overnight.
"The inmate was treated for several injuries that appear to
have been inflicted with a sharp weapon. A number of these
are to his face.
"Although disfiguring, these injuries are not
life-threatening," Mr Whitehead said.
At the time of the assault the victim was among a group of
prisoners who had free access to their cells and a common
The victim remained in hospital under guard but was expected
to be returned to prison tomorrow, Mr Whitehead said.
"A team of police investigators are currently at Springhill
Corrections Facility. They are being assisted by Corrections
staff and police and ESR forensic specialists."
It's still unclear what led to the incident.