TWO stabbings in Orange half an hour apart on Saturday night were fuelled by alcohol and potentially illegal drugs, according to police.
The first stabbing occurred at an address in Amaroo Crescent at around 11.20pm when police allege a 17-year-old stabbed a 23-year-old in the stomach, chest and back in the front yard of a house where a party was being held.
The victim underwent emergency surgery at Orange hospital on Saturday night and remains in hospital in a stable condition.
While police were at the Amaroo Crescent address taking statements from witnesses the call came for a second stabbing, this time in Prince Street.
WHEN police arrived at the second stabbing they were confronted by partygoers who were intoxicated and tried to fight police.
Police allege a 21-year-old man hosted a party at a Prince Street address.
A fight broke out and the victim sustained superficial stab wounds above his ear, on his neck and to the back of his hands as he put them up to his face to protect himself.
Acting Inspector of Orange Police Brenden Turner said while police would not comment directly on the circumstances surrounding both assaults, alcohol and possibly illegal drugs contributed to the volatile situation at both residences.
He confirmed drunk partygoers hindered police and their investigations.
Acting inspector Turner said in both instances the males charged with the stabbings had not taken knives to the parties, instead finding them at the premises before allegedly attacking their victims.
“Police being assaulted when called to incidents is now a regular occurrence in Orange,” acting inspector Turner said.
Police allege it was the cousin of the 21-year-old victim who inflicted superficial stab wounds at the Prince Street assault, with a 21-year-old man charged with assault occasioning actual bodily harm and resisting and assaulting police.
Police say their Prince Street investigation was hampered by lack of co-operation from people at the party.
Both males from both incidents were refused bail at the weekend and faced Orange Local Court yesterday.
The 17-year-old from the first stabbing offence was charged with intent to cause grievous bodily harm and was refused bail to reappear in Orange local court at a later date.
The man charged over the stabbing in Prince Street, was granted strict conditional bail which included $1000 surety and a condition not to return to Orange.
Acting inspector Turner said the police will investigate if drugs were involved in the incidents at both assault scenes.
The 21-year-old stabbing victim was treated at Orange hospital but later released.