Three attacked in meat cleaver rampage
One of three men attacked with a meat cleaver in Ngaruawahia last night is still in a critical condition, police say.
Acting Detective Senior Sergeant Ross Patterson said the man, who knew his attacker, had received injuries to his neck and body in the attack at 6.30pm, and was taken to Waikato Hospital.
He could not say whether drugs or alcohol played a part in what he described as the ''violent and malicious attack'', which happened as the men were drinking in a grassed, fenced area in between two buildings.
A second victim of the attack was in a stable condition; the third was discharged today.
Patterson said police were continuing to interview witnesses and were happy with the information they were getting from the community.
"Our focus has been on completing the scene examination where the attack took place in an area behind retail stores in Ngaruawahia while at the same time completing forensic analysis of two vehicles linked to the incident and a residential address on Newton St,'' he said.
"A 39-year-old man was arrested at the address shortly after the attack and a weapon, similar in description to that used in the attack was recovered. It is yet to be confirmed if this item was the one used in the attack."
Patterson said Warren Lloyd Edwards appeared in the Hamilton District Court today on three serious assault charges.
He was remanded in custody without plea and would reappear next month after a psychiatric report has been completed.
Edwards' wife and children were in court during his appearance.
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