An elderly pensioner has been stabbed in a vicious attack after a terrifying home invasion in Picton.
The eighty-year-old woman suffered severe stab wounds in the assault in the early hours of Sunday morning.
She was taken to Wairau Hospital on Sunday morning and then flown to Wellington Hospital.
Marlborough Police have arrested and charged a youth in relation to the assault and another incident in Picton on the same day.
A police spokeswoman says the youth allegedly broke into a property in Picton and assaulted the female occupant before fleeing the scene.
The attack was reported to police at 3.40am.
He was later caught and arrested after being discovered by a homeowner in another Picton home after allegedly breaking in.
Victim support has been offered, says the spokeswoman.
The youth was arrested when they allegedly broke into another address in Picton after being found by the homeowner.
The youth has been charged with wounding with intent and burglary and due to appear in Youth Court this week.
Enquiries are ongoing and a scene examination is underway.
Police are appealing for any information that can help them with their investigation, especially from residents in the Waikawa Road area between Queen Charlotte College and Sussex Street.
Anyone with any information can contact police on 105 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.