A pregnant woman, accused of throwing a knife which embedded in her boyfriend's skull, was given name suppression in a New Zealand court on Monday. The 21-year-old woman entered no plea to a charge of causing grievous bodily harm when she appeared before a registrar at the Christchurch District Court.
The woman, who is eight months pregnant, was remanded on bail without plea to appear in the court again on August 25.
Her boyfriend, a 20-year-old builder, was at the court for her appearance.
He admitted that he was lucky to escape serious harm after the kitchen knife lodged in his skull.
"It was a good throw," the man said. "It hurt a little bit," he added.
He was rushed to hospital, with the 20-30 centimetre (8-12 inch) blade still protruding from his forehead, shortly after midnight on Sunday.
It narrowly avoided penetrating the bone and entering his brain, police said.
Police have said that a woman had picked up a knife off a kitchen bench during a domestic-related incident at their home in New Brighton and thrown it a few metres away at her partner.
Police were called by ambulance staff at 12.06am.
The knife was later "pulled out" at Christchurch Hospital and the wound closed with two staples. The man was kept in hospital for observation before he was discharged at about 11am on Monday. He did not want his X-ray made public.
He had not spoken to his girlfriend since the incident but was confident their relationship would continue.