Warren MacKenzie was stabbed by an intruder in his Mataura flat. His attacker has not been discovered. (File picture)
Police are renewing an enchantment for info from the general public relating to a case in Mataura 5 years in the past the place a person was significantly injured after an assault in his house.
Officers have been referred to as to Principal St, Mataura, about 10pm on Saturday June 17, 2017, after an offender reportedly entered Warren McKenzie’s flat and demanded money.
He was then allegedly stabbed, and the offender left the scene.
McKenzie was transported to hospital in a vital situation, and confronted an extended restoration from his accidents.
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Two weeks after the assault, McKenzie informed Stuff that he had by no means seen the person earlier than.
“He was standing fairly near me and all I bear in mind is that he hadn’t had a shower shortly and he seemed like he hadn’t cleaned his tooth for a yr or two.”
When MacKenzie mentioned he did not have any cash, the person attacked him.
“I believed he’d simply punched me however, after I seemed down, I used to be bleeding.”
He had been stabbed within the chest. The damage prompted his lung to break down and was solely 2mm from a serious artery, he mentioned.
On the time he had a message for his attacker: “Hand your self in and get assist”.
McKenzie by no means returned to his Mataura flat, and has since moved to Dunedin.
Regardless of a public enchantment for info on the time and each accessible investigative lead being adopted, an offender has not but been held to account.
On Friday, Detective Sergeant Brian McKinney, of Gore CIB, mentioned he’s assured there are members of the general public who know what occurred that evening and who was concerned.
“To these individuals, we would prefer to say – it isn’t too late. We nonetheless need to hear from you,” McKinney mentioned.
“You could be assured which you can come to us within the strictest confidence to share no matter info you could have.
“It might be that you’ve got small particulars that you just assume aren’t important, however is likely to be of nice significance to our investigations group.”
Anybody with info is urged to get in contact by 105, both by telephone or on-line.
You can too share info anonymously by Crime Stoppers on 0800 555 111.