A man who allegedly invaded a Napier home with a hammer is in a critical condition because the family he targeted fought back.
The 23-year-old drove himself to a Napier medical centre after suffering a blow to the head on Saturday night.
A 33-year-old father of four later told Hawke's Bay Today that the man had barged into his house and started attacking him with the hammer while he was in bed.
The occupant fought back and soon put his alleged attacker in a choke hold. He managed to get the hammer off him and used it to defend himself, it was reported.
The man's partner and children watched on.
Once subdued, the alleged attacker was escorted out of the Mcvay St home by the man and his family. He then somehow drove himself to a medical centre, where staff transferred him to hospital shortly before midnight, Detective Senior Sergeant Dave de Lange said.
Hawke's Bay police have completed scene examinations of two properties and spoken to several witnesses to establish how 23-year-old received the head injuries, de Lange said.
In an unrelated incident, at about 5.30 that morning, a 37-year-old arrived at the medical centre by car with stab wounds to his head and torso. He was allegedly assaulted in his home, de Lange said.
A scene examination has yet to be completed at the address where the man appears to have been stabbed.
Both men are still in the Hawke's Bay Regional Hospital in critical conditions and have yet to be interviewed.
- The Dominion Post