Mallet attack on health worker

17:45, Nov 07 2012

A mental health worker has been attacked by a 64-year-old man brandishing a mallet.

The man hit the male mental health worker in the back of the head with a mallet about 10am yesterday at a rural Halcombe address.

The worker, whose age police would not reveal other than to say he was younger than his assailant escaped to a nearby residence and called police.

He was taken to Palmerston North Hospital by ambulance and had six stitches.

Feilding Sergeant Grant Lawton said his assailant was picked up by police and was a ‘‘very fragile person’’. 

He was taken back to the station and assessed by police, and referred to Palmerston North Hospital for further assessment.

Police would be looking at charging the man with serious assault, he said.

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