Vic­tim needed 200 stitches

Kapiti Observer - - FRONT PAGE - KATARINA WIL­LIAMS

‘‘The vic­tim had a 34cm­wound from his back around to his ab­domen.’’

A man needed 200 stitches af­ter a vi­cious at­tack with what po­lice be­lieve to have been a craft knife – leav­ing a 34 cen­time­tre cut from his back to his belly.

Po­lice have launched a pub­lic ap­peal to help find the knife.

The at­tack took place at the in­ter­sec­tion of Mazen­garb Rd and Guild­ford Dr, in Para­pa­raumu, on the Kapiti Coast, about mid­night on Satur­day and left the 20-yearold vic­tim with a huge cut to his side. He was taken to hospi­tal in a sta­ble con­di­tion for treat­ment.

A 32-year-old man has been charged with griev­ous bod­ily harm and po­lice are not look­ing for any­one else.

Se­nior Sergeant Chanel Chap­man said it ap­peared the two men were not known to each other.

The at­tack, with a box cut­ter or Stan­ley knife, left a sub­stan­tial wound – ‘‘34cm from his back around to his ab­domen’’, she said.

Po­lice want any­one who may have found a knife in the im­medi- ate area, in­clud­ing Te Ati­awa Park, the Manly Street beach­front or the Para­pa­raumu golf course, to come for­ward.

They said it was likely to be a ‘‘craft or sim­i­lar’’ knife.

Any­one with in­for­ma­tion on the at­tack should con­tact po­lice or call anony­mously via Crimestop­pers on 0800 555 111.

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