A TEENAGE girl has been stabbed “at least eight times” during a violent mob-style attack in country NSW.
The chaotic scenes erupted on a street in Tolland, in the regional city of Wagga Wagga on Thursday night.
Police said upwards of 20 people armed with sticks, bats and bottles swooped a house on Lalor Place around 8.30pm and demanded the occupants step outside.
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A fight then broke out between two girls, aged 18 and 19, during which the younger girl was stabbed eight times.
Speaking to reporters, Wagga Crime Manager, Detective Inspector Darren Cloake said the girls were cousins and appeared to have been arguing over a boy.
“It appears there’s been a dispute between two girls over a broken relationship, which resulted in a physical altercation between an 18 and a 19-year-old,” Detective Inspector Cloake said.
“As a result of that altercation, an 18-year-old has been stabbed with a knife at least eight times.”
Detective Cloake said the girl’s injuries were confined to her forearm, “which would indicate defensive wounds”.
She was taken to the Wagga Rural Referral Hospital where she received stitches to multiple knife wounds.
Police have since enacted a Public Safety Order to keep interstate relatives of the victim out of Wagga.
It comes after reports suggested that the victim’s extended family was planning to travel from the Victoria border to Wagga to seek retribution.
“That will ban them from the Wagga area for approximately 72 hours,” Detective Insp Cloake said.
“I’ve been in contact with our colleagues on the Victoria side of the border and our side of the border around Dareton, also up into the Bourke area, there’s a lot of extended family in those areas.”
Police said the matter was being treated as a domestic violence incident and charges were yet to be laid.
“Through the nature of our inquiries and our investigation I would see that a large amount of people will be facing the courts on this matter,” Detective Insp Cloake said.
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