A 19-year-old man has appeared in court following an assault which has left a man in his 50s fighting for his life.
The Hastings resident, who was granted interim name suppression, appeared before a Justice of the Peace in the Hastings District Court this afternoon.
He has been charged with wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm of a 56-year-old man who was found with critical injuries outside a busy BP service station on Maraekakaho Road, in central Hastings, at 11pm on Sunday.
The charge holds a maximum penalty of 14 years' imprisonment.
Hawke's Bay Police Detective Inspector Mike Foster said later today a 19-year-old woman was facing the same charge, and will appear in court on Friday.
Mr Foster would also like to speak with anyone who may have witnessed to the assault.
Police have been conducting a scene examination across a neighbouring carpark this morning.
The man has been remanded on bail to re-appear in court next month.
The victim remains in a critical condition in Hawke's Bay Hospital.