Police speak to one of the victims of stabbing

DETECTIVES have spoken to one of the stabbing victims attacked at a gathering near Mullaley but a search is continuing for the weapon used in the attack.

Two men, aged 42 and 22, suffered stab wounds after a fight broke out at the property on Blackstump Way late on Friday night.

The men managed to escape and fled the area before they raised the alarm for help.

The 42-year-old suffered multiple stab wounds and was airlifted to Tamworth hospital for emergency surgery, while a 22-year-old man also suffered a stab wound.

He was taken to Tamworth hospital by ambulance.

Oxley crime manager Inspector Phil O’Reilly said both men remained in a stable condition in hospital.

“Detectives have interviewed one victim again (yesterday) morning and are continuing to investigate the circumstances surrounding their injuries,” Inspector O’Reilly said.

Police have confirmed a fight broke out between four people at the property, with many other witnesses also present.

A 44-year-old man was arrested late on Friday night after he fronted the Gunnedah Police Station but was released without charge a short time later, pending inquiries.

“Crime scenes were established at the property and another location,” Inspector O’Reilly said.

“At this time no weapon has been located.”

He said investigations were continuing into the weapon used and the events leading up to the attack.

“The incident was on a rural property and a number of people were present,” he said.

“A large number of statements had to be taken and police have spoken to witnesses.”

Officers are yet to speak to one of the victims.

As investigations continue, police are urging anyone with information about the stabbing to come forward.

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