Thrown knife lodges in man's forehead
A man has cheated death after his girlfriend allegedly threw a kitchen knife at him that lodged in his skull.
The 20-year-old was rushed to hospital in an ambulance with the 20-30cm long blade still protruding from his forehead.
It narrowly avoided fully penetrating the bone and entering the man's brain, an investigator says.
Police were called to the scene of the domestic-related incident at a home in New Brighton, Christchurch, at 12.06am today.
A 21-year-old woman had picked up a knife off a kitchen bench during an argument and thrown it a few metres at her partner, police said.
It became lodged in the man's skull just above his forehead. The knife was later removed by staff at Christchurch Hospital.
He was kept in hospital for observation before he was released a few hours ago.
Veteran investigator Detective Sergeant Valyn Barrett said he had never dealt with a case like it before. The man was very lucky to escape without more serious injuries.
''This is the first incident I've ever known where a weapon has been lodged in somebody's head and remained there,'' Barrett told The Press.
''It was very, very close to going right through [the skull] but it didn't make it. I'd imagine it would have been thrown with a considerable amount of force.''
The couple were arguing over a ''personal issue'' at the time of the incident, Barrett said.
The woman would appear in Christchurch District Court tomorrow charged with wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm.
Her partner could also face charges, Barrett said.