Deniliquin Pastoral Times
A 26 year-old man who was allegedly stabbed outside a home in west Deniliquin on Saturday is said to be stable at The Alfred Hospital in Melbourne.
Police said the man was stabbed to his right side, in the mid-torso.
The blade went deep enough to lascerate the man’s liver, resulting in his being airlifted to Melbourne in a serious condition.
Murray River Police District Detective Chief Inspector Mick Stoltenberg said officers spoke to the man Sunday afternoon, who reported that hospital staff would only operate ‘‘if necessary’’.
Police were called to Deniliquin Hospital about 7.30am Saturday after the man presented with a stab wound.
Initial inquiries indicated the man was injured on Decimus Street, and sought assistance before being transported to hospital for treatment.
Police said the incident may have stemmed from a neighbourhood dispute.
No charges had been laid at the time of going to print yesterday, as the investigation continues.
There is still no confirmation on the type of weapon used.
Police established a crime scene in Decimus St on Saturday, blocking part of the road until well in to the afternoon.
In another incident on Saturday, a 24 year-old local man required treatment at Deniliquin Hospital after an alleged assault at a Deniliquin hotel.
A yet to be identified male is alleged to have punched the man to the side of his head while he was seated in the hotel’s beer garden, about 10pm.
The man fell backwards, and later received four stitches to the back of his head.
Police have collected CCTV footage from the hotel, which is being reviewed in an attempt to identify and locate the alleged offender.
Det Chief Insp Stoltenberg said the hotel incident is a timely reminder that offensive behaviour, particularly violent behaviour, will not be tolerated.
‘‘As we continue coming out of lockdown, we want to remind people that this type of behaviour is unacceptable,’’ he said.
‘‘We ask that you be mindful of how you behave in any licensed premises.
‘‘We also ask that people be respectful of staff at any of these venues, or any other business, who are tasked with enforcing COVID-19 public health orders and vaccine mandates.
‘‘Now is not the time to be abusive and disrespectful.’’
The Edward River Liquor Accord also takes a zero tolerance approach to violence at local hotels, and can issue banning notices.
Banning notices incorporate all licensed venues in the Edward River Council region, including sporting clubs and other community venues.
Accord member and Murray River Police District Senior Constable Peter Joice has previously said that banning notices can be issued by the accord regardless of whether you are convicted of an offence.
Anyone with information about the west Deniliquin stabbing or the Deniliquin hotel assault is asked to contact Deniliquin Police on 5881 9299 or CrimeStoppers on 1300 333 000. Calls to CrimeStoppers can remain anonymous.