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Auckland stabbing accused appears in court

14:20 Thu Apr 19 2012
Auckland City Hospital (supplied)
Auckland City Hospital (supplied)

A 20-year-old Auckland man accused of stabbing a 95-year-old war veteran in the face during a break in has made a brief court appearance.

The man appeared before a community magistrate in Waitakere District Court on Thursday, where he was granted interim name suppression until he appears before a judge on Friday.

He has been charged with aggravated robbery and wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm. No plea was entered.

He was arrested shortly after Albert Chant was found with the stab wound to the face in his Glendene house on Wednesday night.

He had alerted St John by using a personal alarm but could only tell the operator he was bleeding and needed help.

He was recovering in Auckland Hospital on Thursday following surgery.

Neighbour Tony Compain told Fairfax the World War 2 veteran had lived alone since his wife died about three years ago.

"He's really independent, he's got a walker and he shuffles down to the shops once a day. He still drives," Mr Compain said.

"But this will knock his confidence."