Stabbing in Linwood gang clash
A man charged with stabbing a man alleged to be a rival gang member has been remanded in custody in the Christchurch District Court today.
Nathan Anthony Whelan, 22, was charged with wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm after an incident outside McDonald's in Linwood last night.
His victim was stabbed at least twice in his upper body, but his injuries were not serious. He was treated at Christchurch Hospital.
Judge Gary MacAskill remanded Whelan in custody to September 1 for a bail hearing, but said the hearing could be brought forward if his defence counsel arranged court time.
As Whelan left the courtroom a woman tried to give him a hug, and called out that she loved him and was here for him, before they were both escorted out of court.
She objected to other people in the court who were laughing as she left.
Police were this morning searching a property in Dyers Rd, Christchurch, where Whelan was arrested last night.
Police had been called at 9.30pm yesterday to the confrontation outside Linwood McDonald's, between rival gang members.
Detective Sergeant Tania Jellyman said both men involved in the clash were from rival gangs.