A 68-year-old man has admitted stabbing a former girlfriend in the throat, and leaving her alone to call an ambulance.
Wayne Curtis Durham was at the victim’s home in New Brighton on December 30, 2016, when the woman said she no longer wanted a relationship with him.
Durham picked up a knife and stabbed the woman in the front of her neck, then left the address.
The victim suffered a significant wound to the base of the front of her neck, and had to be put into an induced coma after surgery.
Durham, from Coalgate in the Selwyn District, pleaded guilty in the Christchurch District Court to a charge of wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm.
Judge Jane Farish remanded Durham in custody for sentencing on March 24. She read him the first of the three strike warnings for repeat violent offenders, and asked for a pre-sentence report, and an updated victim impact report for the sentencing.