Sad. A 22-year-old woman assaulted (stabbed) so badly with a weapon she remains in intensive care with life-threatening injuries to her head. A classic case of domestic violence. Name suppression for the victim and the 18-year-old suspect because of young family members involved. A 10-week-old boy was present including a 5-year-old boy who raised the alarm with the neighbors on South Road in Concord, Dunedin. One neighbor said to the ODT ‘she heard screaming, but had not known if it was someone in distress or children playing. “I wish I’d done something now”.’ Good advice to us all. Report, intervene, help whenever you know or suspect a domestic situation that might be heading this way.
Update: ODT reporting the 22-year-old victim of the Sunday attack remains in Dunedin Hospital’s intensive care unit. A hospital spokesman said her condition was stable.