Scissors stabbing at showgrounds

22:27, Apr 01 2013

A 32-year-old man was stabbed three times with scissors during a violent brawl at the Hawera Showgrounds early on Sunday.

The stabbing victim, who was not from Hawera, was taken to Hawera Hospital with breathing difficulties and transferred to Taranaki Base Hospital for more intensive treatment.

The attack occurred about 12.30am on Sunday when a large group of people was socialising at the showgrounds following an unofficial greyhound trial meeting.

The get-together then turned into an all-out brawl.

Sergeant Sandy Shaw of the Hawera police said last night several people were from out of town and were camping at the grounds.

"There has been an altercation between a large group of people," Ms Shaw said.

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As a result of the stabbing, police arrested a 27-year-old man and charged him with wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm.

A 51-year-old woman was also arrested and charged with common assault.

They were bailed to appear in the Hawera District Court on April 16.

Calls to the Taranaki Greyhound Club spokesman were not returned last night.

The victim was last night described by a hospital spokeswoman as being in a comfortable condition in a ward.

The continuing investigation into the confrontation was now in the hands of the CIB, Ms Shaw said.

Taranaki Daily News