Wagga police are investigating the potential link between a stabbing and a house fire in Ashmont early this morning.
Emergency services were called to the house fire in Marshall Street just before 2am.
Detective Acting Inspector Phil Malligan said investigations “are leading us to believe that the stabbing happened in a residential address in Marshall Street”.
“An 18-year-old female has been injured – police suspect it was a domestic-related incident and that’s part of our investigation,” Detective Acting Inspector Malligan said.
The incident comes after police received 32 reports of domestic-violence incidents last weekend.
“This is another incident of what police are suspecting is a domestic violence where a young individual received an injury,” Detective Acting Inspector Malligan said.
“This particular incident shows the level that some people can go to in respect to domestic violence.”
While police continue to investigate whether the stabbing occurred in the same premise, no one was injured from the fire.
“Police suspect there was no person home at the time,” Detective Acting Inspector Malligan said.
“Certainly there’s evidence to suggest that the fire appears to be deliberately lit and that is forming part of our investigation.”
Anyone with more information about these two incidents is urged to contact Wagga Police Station on 6922 2599 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
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