Farm knife assault
Police descended on a North Canterbury farm this morning after a man allegedly assaulted a young woman with a knife.
The 17-year-old woman suffered minor injuries in the incident at an Oxford, North Canterbury dairy farm about 7.30am.
A friend of the victim phoned police while the 18-year-old suspect fled on a four-wheel motorbike, Sergeant Colin Stewart said.
While the two people knew each other, it was not a domestic incident, he said.
The knife was ‘‘moderate’’ in size.
‘‘We have no explanation why the assault took place,’’ Stewart said.
‘‘Potentially it was very serious.’’
Thanks to help from the local farming community, the man was found on his motorbike a few kilometres away, on Burnt Hill Rd, within an hour, he said.
He was arrested without incident and the knife was recovered, Stewart said.
The 18-year-old had been charged with assault with a weapon and will appear in the Christchurch District Court tomorrow.