Alleged home invader in induced coma
A man who was injured after allegedly invading a Napier home with a hammer is still in hospital in an induced coma and is to undergo a psychiatric assessment when he awakes.
The 23-year-old drove himself to a Napier medical centre after suffering a blow to the head on Saturday July 26. Due to his condition he was unable to appear in Napier District Court yesterday to face charges of assault with a weapon and injuring with intent to injure.
Lawyer Tony Snell was appointed amicus to act for the man.
The man was granted continued interim name suppression and was remanded until later this month.
It is alleged the man barged into a house and started attacking a man with the hammer while he was in bed.
The occupant fought back and put the man in a chokehold. He managed to get the hammer off the man and used it to defend himself.
The occupant's partner and children were in the house at the time of the attack.
The partner said the children were shielded from the incident, which happened in an upstairs bedroom in the house in Napier South.
The Dominion Post