Woman charged over knife throwing

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Last updated 10:48 04/08/2014

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A pregnant woman, accused of throwing a knife which embedded in her boyfriend's skull, has been given name suppression in court today.

The 21-year-old woman entered no plea to a charge of causing grievous bodily harm when she appeared before a registrar at the Christchurch District Court this morning.

The woman, who is eight months pregnant, was granted interim name suppression and remanded on bail without plea to appear in the court again on August 25.

Her boyfriend, a 20-year-old builder, was at the court for her appearance. He declined to comment outside.

The couple left separately.

'IT WAS A GOOD THROW'

Yesterday, the builder admitted he was lucky to escape serious harm after a kitchen knife lodged in his skull.

"It was a good throw," the man said.

He was rushed to hospital, with the 20-30 centimetre blade still protruding from above his forehead, shortly after midnight yesterday.

It narrowly avoided penetrating the bone and entering his brain, police said.

The alleged victim fought back tears on Sunday as he recounted details of the domestic-related incident at his home in New Brighton. Scars were hidden beneath short, dark hair.

"I'm real lucky. I wouldn't like it to happen to anyone else out there."

Police have said that a woman had picked up a knife off a kitchen bench during an argument and thrown it a few metres away at her partner.

"It hurt a little bit," he said.

Police were called by ambulance staff at 12.06am.

The knife was later "pulled out" at Christchurch Hospital and the wound closed with two staples. The man was kept in hospital for observation before he was discharged about 11am yesterday. He did not want his X-ray made public.

He had not spoken to his girlfriend since the incident but was confident their relationship would continue.

Detective Sergeant Valyn Barrett said he had never dealt with a case like it before. The man was lucky to escape without more serious injuries.

"This is the first incident I've ever known where a weapon has been lodged in somebody's head and remained there," the veteran investigator said.

"It was very, very close to going right through [the skull] but it didn't make it. I'd imagine it would have been thrown with a considerable amount of force."

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