Man in hospital after 'tomahawk' attack by burglar
A 21-year-old man was admitted to Southland Hospital after an attack by a person wielding what may have been a small axe early yesterday left him needing surgery.
Acting Detective Senior Sergeant Mark McCloy said the man was attacked just before 3am at an Ottrey St house.
The offender was armed with a "tomahawk-type object", he said.
The man, the sole occupant of the house, was woken by the offender and was then attacked, McCloy said.
He managed to escape and alert his neighbours and police. He was later taken to hospital where he had surgery for his injuries, he said.
Senior Sergeant Bruce Terry said the pair were not believed to be known to each other.
He would not comment on any motivation behind the attack.
Meanwhile, police are still looking for the offender who threatened a female staff member and demanded money at Southland Superliquor on Tuesday night.
Detective Chris Lucy said the two events were not believed to be related.
Anyone with information on either incident should contact Invercargill police or the Crimestoppers line 0800 555111.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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