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Man jailed over sword attack

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 20/07/2016
Manjit Singh © NZ police Manjit Singh

A man who slashed a woman with a ceremonial sword in Hamilton has been jailed for seven years.

South Auckland man Manjit Singh, 47, pleaded guilty to wounding with intent over the attack on a 50-year-old woman at her Fairview Downs home in November.

The incident, during which police said Singh also carried a handgun, left her seriously hurt and in need of surgery.

Singh appeared in the High Court at Hamilton on Thursday morning where he was sentenced to seven years' jail, with a minimum non-parole period of three-and-a-half years.

The attack prompted an investigation by the Ministry of Health into the Mason Clinic, where Singh had been a patient at the time.

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