Nurse to the rescue

JONO GALUSZKA AND JIMMY ELLINGHAM
Last updated 12:00 22/08/2012
Kellie Pearpoint
MURRAY WILSON/Fairfax NZ

Kellie Pearpoint, a registered nurse was quick to act when she found her neighbour stabbed.

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When an off-duty Palmerston North nurse went outside to find her neighbour screaming and covered in blood, she immediately sprung into work mode.

Kellie Pearpoint, a nurse and former Miss Manawatu runner-up, was sitting in her Lydia Place house about 7pm on Sunday when she heard screaming.

The screams came from her female neighbour who had been stabbed in what police described as a domestic dispute.

"I just thought it was kids at first," Ms Pearpoint said.

The screams stopped for a short time, before starting again.

"I heard it [the screaming] again, and then it was ‘I'm getting killed' screaming.

"I have never heard that before."

Ms Pearpoint walked down her driveway to see the woman covered in blood, leaning on a letterbox. Grabbing some gauze from her house, she tried to stem the flow of blood.

Ms Pearpoint said the woman had a gash above her nose, a cut in her neck and wounds to her chest.

"I put pressure on the left of her neck and the three cuts on her chest."

Ms Pearpoint said some of the chest wounds were about four centimetres deep.

Drawing on experience from her job, Ms Pearpoint said it was possible the woman could have died without treatment.

"It's just me doing my job."

When Ms Pearpoint got home from work about 3.30pm on Sunday, she heard arguing from her neighbour's home, she said.

The attack brought many of the street's residents out of their houses.

"It's a pretty quiet cul-de-sac and the first time I've really met all my neighbours," she said.

"I might go around and say hi to them all now."

The injured woman was taken to Palmerston North Hospital with serious injuries by a St John ambulance crew.

Police said yesterday she was in the hospital's intensive care unit in a stable condition.

Lydia St resident Angela Mountfort said she called emergency services when she saw what was going on.

She said her son ran out of the house and yelled at the man involved in the attack.

A man who lived at the house near to where the woman suffered her injuries said he had to wash blood off his fence.

Palmerston North police Area Commander Inspector Pat Handcock said the incident was believed to be a domestic dispute.

The victim was stabbed at least three times, he said.

Evan Mark Kendall, an unemployed 50-year-old man from Feilding, appeared in Palmerston North District Court yesterday charged with attempted murder.

He entered no plea and was remanded in custody until September 18.

"It may be that an application can be made that day to bring matters to a conclusion," defence lawyer Fergus Steedman said.

Kendall had completed a legal aid application and Mr Steedman would likely be appointed to act for him.

He said Kendall had been seen by a forensic health nurse and there were no problems there.

Police withdrew a charge of wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm.

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