Scene Examination Underway After Coromandel Stabbing

Posted by Waikato Police on 20/01/2012

A man is in an Auckland hospital with serious injuries and a scene guard was in place overnight following a domestic violence incident in Coromandel yesterday evening.

Detective Glenn Ewing of the Waihi CIB said emergency services were called to an address in the town shortly after 9.45pm.

"Police and ambulance staff arrived to find a man and a woman in the kitchen of the home with the man suffering from two stab wounds to his chest.

"It appears the couple have become involved in a physical altercation during a domestic dispute in which it is alleged the woman has stabbed her partner. Both are believed to have been drinking alcohol in the build up to what happened."

Mr Ewing said the 31-year-old man was airlifted to Auckland hospital by an air ambulance helicopter while the 36-year-old woman was arrested and charged with assault with a weapon, further charges are likely.

"A guard was placed over the address overnight to allow for a forensic scene examination to be conducted today.

"Last night's incident highlights the risks associated with the consumption of alcohol in tense domestic situations. Police advise anyone fearing for their safety to seek help and contact 111. At this time of year, with financial pressure following on from Christmas, many people find themselves in difficult domestic situations and we advise them where need be to take time out from one another."

Domestic violence is a major priority for Waikato Police. Nationally, on average 10 children die each year in domestic violence incidents while a woman is killed every five weeks at the hands of their partner or ex-partner.

 Some tips to keep you, and your family safe this Summer are;

• Keep money to cover bills in January and February

• Avoid excessive drinking

• For those who share custody of children- come to an agreement before your holidays

• Take time out, if you think things are getting heated, go for a walk

• If you are afraid talk to someone you trust

Some important numbers;

• 24 hr Police emergency 111

• 24 hr Women's Refuge National 0800 733 843

Hamilton 07 855 1569

Waipa/ Waitomo 0800 155 799

Thames/ Coromandel 07-868 3132

• 24 hr Victim Support 0800 842846

• 24 hr Youth Line 0800 3766333

• 24 hr Crisis Team (Mental Health) 0800 505050

• 24 hr Shine 0508 384357