Prisoner Stabbed for Scaring Cat

 |  Jan 2nd 2009  |   7 Contributions

In the oddest story of the year so far, a prisoner in New Zealand attacked another prisoner for scaring his cat. Here's the story from

WELLINGTON, New Zealand, Jan. 1 (UPI) -- Prison officials in New Zealand said a prisoner nearing the end of his sentence for rape and murder stabbed another prisoner for frightening his cat.

Corrections Association President Beven Hanlon said the attacker was living with the victim in a minimum security self-care unit at Rimutaka Prison in Wellington that was designed to help prepare long-term prisoners for release.

Hanlon said the victim entered the shared living room in the unit Dec. 26, causing the cat to flee. The attacker stabbed the other man six times in the neck and likely would have killed him had a third prisoner not intervened, Hanlon said.

"That prisoner is lucky to be alive," Hanlon said. The victim was taken to Hutt Hospital and returned to the prison Dec. 28.

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