A HEATHCOTE man was flown to hospital after being stabbed outside a local pub on Saturday night.
The incident occurred at around 11.30pm in the vicinity of the Union Hotel on High St.
Heathcote Senior Constable Stewart Probst said an initial altercation occurred between the 31-year-old victim and a 25-year-old male, also from Heathcote.
Sen Constable Probst alleged the 25-year-old male ‘‘wasn’t happy’’ and returned to the scene with a knife.
The victim sustained a stab wound to his abdomen but police claim he was fortunate to avoid worse injuries.
‘‘He’s very lucky the knife didn’t go in further because it could have been a lot more serious,’’ Sen Constable Probst said.
An Ambulance Victoria spokeswoman said paramedics were called to an address in Heathcote at 11.37pm on Saturday.
‘‘A man in his 30s was treated for upper body injuries and was flown to the Royal Melbourne Hospital in a serious but stable condition,’’ she said.
The 25-year-old suspect is facing a range of serious charges including intentionally causing injury.
He was interviewed by police and bailed to appear at Bendigo Magistrates Court at a later date.