16th Birthday Sickening Stabbing
A GIRL’S 16th birthday celebrations at Semaphore turned to horror when a teenage partygoer was left with a serious stab wound in the state’s latest bout of knife crime.
The Semaphore stabbing capped a black 12 hours for knife crime in South Australia.
It followed the jailing of four young men for between three and nine years for the stabbing death of 19-year-old Christopher Hatzis in Light Square in 2012, and the discovery of a concealed credit card knife on a youth at the Adelaide Magistrates Court.
The 17-year-old boy victim from the Semaphore stabbing remained in a serious condition in the Royal Adelaide Hospital last night after undergoing surgery on a stab wound to his abdomen.
He was injured when a dispute outside the birthday party at the Semaphore RSL hall on Semaphore Rd escalated about 12.30am yesterday.
Two other boys, both 17, suffered minor cuts to their hands in the fight. It is alleged there was a dispute between several teenagers attending a birthday party, which resulted in one of them leaving and returning a short time later with a group allegedly armed with a knife and a bat.
Two men — a 24-year-old from Brahma Lodge and a 20-year-old man from Gilberton — were arrested yesterday afternoon. Both were charged with aggravated assault causing serious harm with intent and four counts of aggravated assault causing serious harm.