Man in stable condition after eye gouged out in New Plymouth bar fight
A man who had his eye ripped from its socket during a New Plymouth bar brawl remains in a stable condition after undergoing emergency surgery at the weekend.
The 30-year-old was admitted into Taranaki Base Hospital on Saturday night after his eye was gouged out during a fight, which broke out in the Nag 'N' Noggin bar on Tukapa St about 10.15pm.
A Taranaki District Health Board spokeswoman said the man, who is from Te Kuiti, was in a stable condition and had been moved to the surgical specialities ward. She was unable to comment on the outcome of the surgery.
The incident happened after the All Blacks versus Argentina test match played at Yarrow Stadium, which is about 500 metres from the bar.
Bar manager Suzy Cursons said the brawl began as a verbal argument but quickly escalated into physical violence.
Cursons said there were a lot of out of towners in the bar after the rugby and she had not seen the two groups involved before.
Detective Senior Sergeant Brent Matuku said people had been interviewed as part of the ongoing police investigation but no arrests had been made.
He asked for anyone with information to contact New Plymouth police station on 06 759 5500.