Woman guilty of stabbing man in neck with bottle

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A woman accused of stabbing a man in the neck with a broken bottle in a Christchurch park has pleaded guilty. 

Ribena Aratangi admitted to the charge of wounding with reckless disregard for the safety of the man. The glass bottle missed his jugular vein by just one millimetre.

Aratangi, 32, and the victim were described as already drunk when they purchased alcohol and cigarettes before entering a park on Stanmore Road on 4th March this year.

Christchurch District Court today heard how the pair shared the alcohol and cigarettes with an associate before Aratangi smashed an empty bottle and stabbed the man several times in the neck.

She then ran off before the man was taken to Christchurch Hospital for surgery on four wounds.

Defence counsel Glenn Dixon confirmed Aratangi then entered Cashel Mall and approached a group of people for help, telling them she thought she had committed murder.

She was then taken to a police station.

Prior to her plea, two psychiatric reports were completed on behalf of the court and cleared Aratangi to stand trial and be involved in the process.

Judge Brian Callaghan remanded her in custody for sentencing on 29th August.

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