A woman is taken to the Westpac Rescue Helicopter from Maclean Hospital after being repeatedly stabbed by a 54-year-old man in a house at Yamba yesterday afternoon.
A woman is taken to the Westpac Rescue Helicopter from Maclean Hospital after being repeatedly stabbed by a 54-year-old man in a house at Yamba yesterday afternoon. Adam Hourigan

Woman stabbed in siege

POLICE tasered a 54-year-old Tullymorgan man suspected of stabbing his wife at Yamba yesterday ending a six-hour standoff.

Police were called to a residence at Beach Street, Yamba, yesterday and found a woman who had been stabbed in the throat, chest and arms.

The woman was taken to Maclean Hospital and later airlifted to Lismore Base Hospital where she was in a serious, but stable condition.

Police found a man suspected of injuring the woman in a car at the rear of the residence.

The head of the operation, Chief Inspector Murray Gillett, said police activated their support network and a team of six officers and three negotiators were on the scene by mid-afternoon.

Inspector Gillett said the man had threatened to kill himself during the negotiations.

Around 6.30pm the man began winding up the car window, which caused police to fear he would harm himself, so they used a taser to subdue him.

He was taken from the car and ambulance officers treated him at the scene before releasing him into police custody.

Inspector Gillett said police were called to the residence around 12.30pm and arrived to find a male telling them to go to the rear of the house because a woman, believed to be the suspect’s wife had been attacked.

He also said the man suspected of attacking the woman was in a car parked at the rear of the house.

Inspector Gillett said the suspect told police what he had done and wanted to take his own life.

The house is now a crime scene and police crime scene investigators are at the scene.


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