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A man who broke into a rural Manawatu property demanding drugs left with a pair of scissors embedded in his stomach after his intended victim fought back, a local farmer said.
Police said the 45-year-old woman got up about 6.40am yesterday at her Opiki property to investigate a noise she thought might have been her partner returning from milking.
Instead, she was confronted by a man armed with a knife.
The owner of a number of farms in the area, including the property where the attack took place, Helen McAloon, said she and her husband Michael rushed to the victim's aid after receiving a call from her partner.
"He was milking the cows and he had to race home ... he just informed us that there'd been a home invasion and his partner was hurt.
"She was a little bit hurt and obviously very distressed.''
The two men broke in demanding drugs, Mrs McAloon said.
"She put up a bit of a fight and they took off.
"She just said that two guys had broken their way in. I think they must have gone through a back door. She said she [had] locked it, but some of those old houses, the locks aren't as good as they should be,'' Mrs McAloon said.
"She fended them off with a pair of scissors, they're still in their gut ... [Police] will be trying to comb the hospitals to see if someone came in.''
Mrs McAloon said it was the first time she had heard of drugs-related offending in the area, and the attack had shaken up the close-knit community.
Palmerston North Detective Sergeant David Thompson said the attack escalated when the woman couldn't comply with her attacker's demands.
"We understand that during this time he [the attacker] has received a wound to the stomach with scissors,'' he said.
Following the attack, the offenders fled in a vehicle and the injured woman barricaded herself in her room and called police.
The victim was being treated at Palmerston North Hospital for her injuries.
The offenders were still on the run. Police wanted to speak to anyone who saw a vehicle speeding and driving dangerously in the Opiki area between 6.50am and 7.15am.
The first offender is described as Maori, with a noticeable missing tooth. He was wearing dark clothing. The second man was described as Pakeha with blond hair.
Anyone with information was asked to contact Constable Nick Parlane on 06 215 4962. Alternatively information can be provided anonymously through Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
- by Brendan Manning