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Dunedin stabbing rampage: New details emerge about how New Zealand supermarket attack unfolded


Disturbing new details have emerged about a stabbing rampage in New Zealand as the long-haired knifeman’s identity is finally revealed after he admitted carrying out the brutal attack.  

Luke James Lambert, 42, has finally been unmasked as the man behind horrific assault on staff and shoppers at Countdown supermarket, Dunedin on May 10 this year. 

A suppression order was lifted as he faced Dunedin’s High Court on Wednesday, where he pleaded guilty to four charges of attempted murder, the NZ Herald reports.  

Lambert, appearing via video link from Invercargill Prison, stared stony-faced into the camera, sporting shoulder-length hair and a long wispy beard. 

Luke James Lambert, 42, (pictured) pleaded guilty to four counts of attempted murder at Dunedin's High Court on Wednesday over the rampage stabbing at Countdown supermarket in May

Luke James Lambert, 42, (pictured) pleaded guilty to four counts of attempted murder at Dunedin’s High Court on Wednesday over the rampage stabbing at Countdown supermarket in May

The court heard Lambert stormed into the Cumberland Street store, in the heritage harbourside town on the nation’s South Island, about 2.35pm and began stabbing people in the pharmacy isle. 

Four people were rushed to hospital with serious injuries as Lambert was arrested at the scene wearing a blood-splattered ‘Sons of Anarchy’ shirt. 

Crown Prosecutor Richard Smith said Lambert visited the supermarket earlier in the day but did not have enough money to buy two cans of beer. 

He later complained to an associate he could not get access to medication and warned ‘someone’s going to get it’.

He returned to the store that afternoon and took four knives from shelves then headed to the pharmacy section, removing two of the weapons from their packaging. 

There, he began slashing his first victim, declaring: ‘I’m going to kill you’, before going on to attack three others, each person stabbed four times.

Countdown employees embrace one another as a man with stab wounds is rushed to hospital

Countdown employees embrace one another as a man with stab wounds is rushed to hospital

A man who was injured in the stabbing rampage is taken from the scene by paramedics

A man who was injured in the stabbing rampage is taken from the scene by paramedics 

Father-of-two Dallas Wilson, a senior manager of the supermarket, was raced to hospital to undergo surgery, where doctors discovered all wounds had miraculously missed vital organs. He was discharged from hospital ten days later.

Vanessa Andrews and Jorge Fuenzalida spent weeks in hospital after they were both badly injured while rushing to the aid of other victims.

The fourth victim’s identity remains under an interim suppression order. 

Lambert was remanded in custody to face a sentencing hearing on May 3.  

The maximum penalty for attempted murder is 14 years in jail.  

The rampage sparked widespread horror across the country as images and stories of the chaotic scenes at the supermarket, located just metres from the city’s heart, the Octagon, came to light.   

At the time, Southern District Police Commander Superintendent Paul Basham described the incident as a ‘random attack’.

‘[It was] a fast-moving and extremely traumatic event for every person in that supermarket – the victims who were injured, those present who tried to intervene and those who had to flee to a place of safety,’ he said.

Lambert  pictured being handcuffed at the Countdown supermarket on Cumberland Street, Dunedin, New Zealand, in May

Lambert  pictured being handcuffed at the Countdown supermarket on Cumberland Street, Dunedin, New Zealand, in May 

Police said in a statement that one person was arrested at the scene. He is being held under police guard in hospital

Police said in a statement that one person was arrested at the scene. He is being held under police guard in hospital 

‘What I can say is those that intervened, some of who became injured themselves,  have acted selfless and great courage to prevent this man from hurting anybody else – and indeed they did just that.’

A witness told the Otago Daily Times: ‘We just heard a scream and thought someone must’ve fallen, but it got louder and louder and more people were screaming’.

‘I saw one red hand among the people; a bloody hand, and everybody started running towards the exits.’ 

Onlookers had reportedly tried to tackle Lambert to the ground before police arrived.   

Countdown staff embraced one another as the injured were stretchered from the supermarket by emergency services. 

Countdown managing director Spencer Sonn said the store had been ‘concerned about the escalating violence towards our team’ in the lead up to the tragedy.

The horrific stabbing attack unfolded about 2:30pm (NZST) on Monday. Emergency services are pictured at the scene

 The horrific stabbing attack unfolded about 2:30pm (NZST) on Monday. Emergency services are pictured at the scene

The supermarket has been closed for the remainder of Monday and will remain closed on Tuesday. Pictured, emergency services outside the supermarket

The supermarket has been closed for the remainder of Monday and will remain closed on Tuesday. Pictured, emergency services outside the supermarket 

‘Our amazing team comes to work to serve Kiwis every day, and our customers visit our stores knowing that they will be safe. We are heartbroken that this wasn’t the case today,’ he said at the time.

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern described the attack as ‘hugely concerning’ and praised those who rushed to the victms’ aid. 

‘I do want to acknowledge the really early reports of courageous acts by bystanders who have taken action in order to protect those around them,’ Ms Ardern said.

‘Our thoughts are with all those who’ve been affected by this attack.’ 



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