Attack with axe puts two in hospital
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.”
This Riverslea Rd address was the scene of a stabbing in Hastings on Wednesday night.