Alleged knife-wielder knocked out

Last updated 15:55 16/07/2012

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A 41-year-old man charged with three assaults using a knife as a weapon has been remanded in custody to Friday.

Police arrested David Barlow, of Mairehau, after an incident which took place at JCL Asphalt in Hornby about 7am on Saturday.

Employees at the firm are said to have restrained him while waiting the arrival of police.

An employee said Barlow had dropped an employee off at the premises but then allegedly attacked another man at the plant.

A police spokesman said police were still trying to establish the motive but believed the dispute was over a debt.

There were about eight colleagues who went to the man's aid.

''It was a serious incident. It's great to see people coming to the aid of others,'' the spokesman said.

''Police were very impressed with the assistance given to him by his work colleagues.''

It is understood an employee ended the incident by punching the attacker in the head, knocking him out. The staff member broke his hand in the process and will be off work for weeks.

No-one was injured by the knife attacks.

Barlow appeared on four charges before Christchurch District Court Judge Tony Couch today.

He entered no pleas on three aggravated-assault charges and one charge of possession of cannabis.

No bail application was made for the remand to Friday, but the court was told that Barlow may seek bail at that appearance

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