Stab victim in coma after knife attack

Last updated 16:43 14/12/2012

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LATEST: Police have arrested and charged a man with assault after a stabbing on Auckland's North Shore that left the victim in a coma.

A 25-year-old man suffered life-threatening stab wounds to his right thigh after he was stabbed with a large knife outside a house in Palmerston Rd, Birkenhead about 7pm yesterday.

Police this afternoon arrested a 36-year-old unemployed man and charged him with common assault. Further charges may follow.

The injured man remained in an induced coma in Auckland City Hospital after undergoing surgery last night.

The stabbing happened during a fight between the two men, police said.

The police Eagle helicopter, and a team of police staff, were last night searching for the attacker, and a police spokesman said this morning North Shore detectives were following "strong leads".

Forensic teams were at the scene of the stabbing today, and police were speaking with neighbours and associates of the attacker.

The spokesman said it would be "some time" before police would be able to talk to the victim.

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