Police raided two properties on Corhampton St on Wednesday afternoon. Photo / George Heard
An 18-year-old charged with allegedly stabbing a dog-walker multiple times in Christchurch in an incident in which the victim was left for about an hour before his family found him can be named.
On Wednesday, police officers swooped on two homes on Corhampton St, Aranui, in connection to the assault. The properties are about 500m from Bexley Reserve, where the man was found critically injured on Monday morning.
On Wednesday evening, Detective Inspector Nicola Reeves confirmed an 18-year-old has been charged with wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm in relation to the assault. He will be appearing in the Christchurch District Court on Thursday.
A 23-year-old woman has been charged with accessory after the fact. She will appear at a later date.
On Thursday Bailey Messervy, 18, appeared in the Christchurch District Court via audio-visual link before Judge Michelle Duggan.
The charge he faces carries a maximum penalty of 14 years’ imprisonment.
His lawyer, Tony Garrett, said there was no application for name suppression, citing the public interest in the case. Judge Duggan remanded him in custody without plea to appear on December 7. No application was made for bail.
The victim’s name is currently suppressed.
Reeves said police began making inquiries in relation to the two properties earlier on Wednesday.
“Police would like to thank members of the public who have come forward to share valuable information.
“As the matter is now before the courts, police will not comment further.”
A small white car, similar in appearance to the one police have been seeking sightings of, could be seen at one of the addresses on Wednesday afternoon before it was towed away.
Police said on Tuesday they were looking for two people of interest in connection to the stabbing, a man and a woman who were at the scene of the incident at the time.
The man remains in critical condition at Christchurch Hospital.
“He has had a number of surgeries. He’s obviously a fighter, he’s doing well I guess in that regard but he’s not out of the woods,” Reeves said.
“His family are remarkable under the circumstances, they’re obviously very stressed and traumatised by what’s happened, but he’s got quite a lot of family up in the hospital at his bedside with him.”
The Herald earlier spoke with a local dog-walker who had left the house with her dog for her usual morning walk, shortly after 5.45am.
At the time, she said, no emergency service vehicles were in sight on Pages Rd – where the entrance to the reserve is.
Walking past the entrance, she saw a woman sitting next to a man lying on the ground, appearing to comfort him. Two dogs were in the car at that stage.
“She kept saying ‘it’s okay, it’s okay’, – initially I thought it was personal, so I planned on doing my walk which takes 15 minutes and checking on them when I got back,” she said.
By the time she returned, police and ambulance crew were at the scene of the incident and told her to immediately go home.