5 Jun 2009

Samurai sword victim charged

10:11 am on 5 June 2009

The victim of a samurai sword attack has been arrested by Palmerston North police and charged with possessing an offensive weapon.

Detective Senior Sergeant Craig Sheridan says the charge stems from an altercation at a party in the city on Sunday morning where the 20-year-old man had his hand severed by a samurai sword.

The weapon the man has been charged with possessing was a crowbar.

The victim had surgery to re-attach the hand on Monday.

On Tuesday, a 16-year-old appeared at a special sitting in Palmerston North District Court charged with wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm.