A Kiwi beekeeper slashed with a razor blade in Malaysia believes his attackers originally planned to murder him in the countryside and dispose of his body down a hole.
"No one would ever have known what happened," Grant Stanley said.
Stanley, 47, of Opotiki, was attacked by a razorblade-wielding taxi driver in a Kuala Lumpur hotel on Friday, suffering deep wounds to his neck, face, lip, eyelid and back in a prolonged onslaught.
He was almost suffocated with a blanket before he escaped after biting off the tip of his attacker's finger.
Stanley said he was in Kuala Lumpur to meet a woman he had befriended last year.
The woman was a prostitute, but he said their relationship was platonic and he had been trying to get her a visa to New Zealand.
She introduced him to her lover, a taxi driver. Things turned sour after a few days, when Stanley became suspicious about the couple's intentions and tried to leave.
He had declined their repeated invitations to visit the countryside, saying he had business to do.
"There are lots of caves and holes out there. I think they were going to take me to a lookout and slit my throat, take my belongings and disappear."
Stanley had been discharged from hospital and was recovering in a hotel. Police asked him not to leave the country without telling them.
The taxi driver had been charged with "grievous assault" while the woman had not been charged and might be a witness in the case, police said.
A Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade spokesman said officials from the New Zealand High Commission visited Stanley in hospital and were in regular contact with him.
- The Dominion Post
Is it worth it to fund a war museum in the capital for $18m?
• Reporters: News, Business, Sport, Features
• Newsroom 0800 366 7678
• Website ideas: Email or tweet us
• Place an ad: Email or call 04 474 0000
• Subscribe: Email or call 0800 50 50 90
• No paper: Call 0800 50 50 90
• Start or stop your paper
• View the Digital Edition
• Make dompost.co.nz your homepage