Injured woman returns to Palmerston North Hospital

Last updated 09:03 13/02/2014

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A woman critically injured in a serious assault on Russell St has been transferred back to Palmerston North Hospital.

The woman, in her 30s, was stabbed at a Russell St property last Friday. 

A relative of the woman, a Chinese man in his 60s, died at the scene, and suffered extensive burns that have complicated formal identification of his body.

The woman was transferred to Hutt Hospital on Sunday, but a Hutt Hospital spokeswoman said she had since been transferred back to Palmerston North Hospital, where she was in a stable condition last night.

The woman's injuries, and the death of the Chinese man, remain a mystery but police have ruled out homicide. 

Detective Senior Sergeant Craig Sheridan said the circumstances surrounding the death have been reported to the coroner and ''will not be aired in the public arena''.

He said a heavy police presence was necessary because police had been advised neighbours were tending to a badly injured woman, but did not know what had occurred. 

''We were confronted with a situation on Friday where we had a badly injured woman at the premises and no idea what was going on,'' he said. 

''The priority was to determine who else was there, whether there were any weapons and what the threat was to anybody.''

Mr Sheridan said it was highly unlikely charges would be laid.

A language barrier has hampered police attempts to interview the other residents of the Russell St house, requiring an interpreter to be brought in. Victim support was working with the family. 

A scene examination was carried out at the house at the weekend, but it has since finished and the other occupants have returned.

Police were still interviewing witnesses in the house. 

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- Manawatu Standard

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