At­tack with axe puts two in hos­pi­tal

Hawke's Bay Today - - LOCAL NEWS - Astrid Austin astrid.austin@hbto­day.co.nz

A Hast­ings man was en­joy­ing his first night in a new flat when gang mem­bers jumped the fence and plunged an axe into his chest.

A res­i­dent of the River­slea Rd ad­dress where the in­ci­dent oc­curred on Wed­nes­day night, de­scribed the event as “hor­rific”.

“It’s some­thing you hear about but never wit­ness. Every­one is so scared about be­ing alone. We are all go­ing to take time to re­cover.”

They were hav­ing drinks, cel­e­brat­ing their new flat­mate mov­ing in and “catch­ing up like ev­ery other Wed­nes­day” when two gang mem­bers walked past and “asked how our night was”.

“My friend said her night was good and they turned around to her and said ‘don’t talk to me bitch,’ then our good mate said ‘that’s not nice’.”

She said they jumped the fence and said “wanna fight?” “There was no chance of be­ing civil with them. They were out to hurt some­one.”

“My part­ner walked in­side and I walked in front of him to pro­tect him cause they were try­ing to hit him. I tried push­ing him away but he didn’t even ac­knowl­edge me. Next thing they are all fight­ing and the mob mem­ber swung the axe from be­hind and straight into [the flat­mate’s] chest.

“He was there for all of five hours be­fore he got axed in the chest.”

A po­lice spokesman said the Hawke’s Bay CIB was called to the Hast­ings ad­dress about 8pm.

“Peo­ple were present at the ad­dress and an am­bu­lance ar­rived a short time later”.

There were “a num­ber” of vic­tims and wit­nesses, who po­lice needed to speak to, he said.

The scene was kept un­der po­lice guard on Wed­nes­day night and a foren­sic scene ex­am­i­na­tion was con­ducted yes­ter­day.

A Hawke’s Bay Dis­trict Health Board spokes­woman said one man, in his early 20s in a sta­ble con­di­tion, was trans­ferred to Welling­ton Hos­pi­tal for fur­ther treat­ment yes­ter­day.

A sec­ond male pa­tient ad­mit­ted to Hawke’s Bay Hos­pi­tal in re­la­tion to the in­ci­dent was dis­charged yester- day.

The res­i­dent said the new flat­mate suf­fered two bro­ken ribs, a punc­tured lung, and a cut to his heart in the at­tack.

A Cap­i­tal & Coast Dis­trict Health Board spokes­woman said last night, that they had a pa­tient in a sta­ble con­di­tion.

Three other flat­mates are plan­ning to move out.

“No one feels safe there. We haven’t re­turned ex­cept for when we need to col­lect our stuff to stay with fam­ily mem­bers.”

Photo / War­ren Buck­land

This River­slea Rd ad­dress was the scene of a stab­bing in Hast­ings on Wed­nes­day night.

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