A Napier family is reeling after a man allegedly entered
their home and attacked the father with a hammer.
The 23-year-old attacker is in a critical condition after
driving himself to City Medical on Wellesley Rd, where later
the same night a man with stab wounds also drove himself to
the centre, in an unrelated incident. Both are in a critical
condition in Hawke's Bay Hospital's intensive-care unit.
The father, a 33-year-old forestry worker who asked not to be
named, said he was asleep upstairs in his Mcvay St home in
Napier South when his wife answered the front door.
"He just barged through her, looked into my lounge and at the
kids in the games room, came upstairs where I was asleep and
started attacking me with the hammer," he said.
He woke to see "a fist coming down towards my face".
The men fought, moving from the bed to the floor, with the
attacker still holding the hammer and the father elbowing,
kneeing and punching him.
"I tried to put him to sleep with a choke hold to try to
defuse the situation. I almost had him choked out -- he was
making a gasping sound -- but I started running out of
"I remember at this stage a lot of blood spurting out of his
"I eased off and said to him, 'What are you doing here?'
"He said, 'I was sent here.'
"I said, 'Who by?'
"He replied, 'The Lord sent me here.'
"I said to him, 'Mate you're f***** in the head.' "
Both men had a grip on the hammer.
"He had calmed a fair bit by this stage and was talking
normally -- almost being polite -- asking for his hammer
His partner and four children, aged 8 to 14, watched the
"We were standing up by now and I started dragging him out of
the room. I was still trying to grab the hammer from him with
my right hand and was holding his other arm with my left
hand. He was trying to grab the hammer with both hands and I
was trying to stop him.
"As I was dragging him out he went down and then came up and
grabbed my nuts. He grabbed them really hard and it was
really painful, but I had a lot of adrenalin.
"He'd released the hammer to grab my nuts and now I had hold
of it. I whacked him three to five times with the hammer in
the chest and maybe the face.
"I was whacking him to get him to release [me]. I didn't know
what else to do.
"He let go ... and then I kicked him in a way to try to push
him out of the room. He then shaped up to come back at me so
I went to hit him again in the face with the hammer, but it
slipped and I'm not sure if I hit him with the hammer or my
The father stood over the attacker with the hammer and told
him to leave. His partner helped the man out of the house.
When Hawke's Bay Today visited the home yesterday, blood was
splattered on the bedroom floor and walls. He said his family
was unable to sleep since the attack.
The family has rented the home for about 18 months. The
father said the incident was "kind of a funny situation".
"I've never seen this guy before. But it was weird, it was
like he's been to my house before."
Detective Senior Sergeant Dave de Lange said a forensic
examination would take place and police would be talking with
Mr de Lange said that in an unrelated incident, a 37-year-old
Napier man arrived at the City Medical at 5.30am on Sunday
morning "with stab wounds to his head and torso".
"This man was also taken to the Hawke's Bay Hospital where he
remains in a critical condition." Police yesterday were
guarding the scene of the alleged attack on Hukarere Rd.
- Hawke's Bay Today