Teen nearly disembowelled at party

KIRSTY JOHNSTON
Last updated 00:01 28/10/2012

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A teenager was "almost disembowelled" after a 19-year-old lunged at him with a knife and cut him at a party in Whangarei.

The incident, on Friday night, was the first of two stabbings in Northland within a day.

Police said the 17-year-old could have died from his wounds, that happened during a party in Kendon Place in Whangarei. 

"When party hosts turned away a gate crasher, he lunged at a 17-year-old party goer with a knife that cut across his stomach, almost disembowelling him," Inspector Tracy Phillips said.

"Luckily an ambulance was within 60 metres of the scene dealing with an other unrelated matter and were able to assist the victim. Had they not been so close police could have been dealing with a homicide."

Phillips said a 19-year-old man was arrested and appeared in the Whangarei District Court charged with wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm. His bail was opposed.

The teenage victim was being cared for at Whangarei hospital and was placed in an induced coma. His condition was described as stable.

The second stabbing happened at 5.30pm yesterday at the Kaeo shops. 

Police said it was reported that a man had been stabbed in the back. He was flown by rescue helicopter to the Whangarei Hospital with a suspected punctured lung.

Police said they had a number of witnesses to speak to  and inquires were continuing.

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