Hamilton stab victim saved by neighbour – police

  • 31/08/2015

A Hamilton man has survived a stabbing to his neck thanks to the actions of a fast-acting neighbour.

A 53-year-old man was taken to hospital for surgery after allegedly being stabbed in the neck during an alcohol-fuelled domestic incident just before midnight on Saturday.

Police today praised the actions of a neighbour who raised the alarm and then performed first aid on the man until emergency services could arrive.

Detective Senior Sergeant Ross Patterson commended the neighbour's fast thinking and also the actions of police who treated the victim's wound until he arrived at hospital.

"Without these persons' actions the victim could potentially have been facing life threatening injuries," he said.

A woman was arrested after the incident at a set of flats on Victoria Street.

The 53-year-old will appear in Hamilton District Court today facing a charge of wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm.

A knife had been recovered from the crime scene, police said.