Eye damaged in alleged assault

A TEENAGER will appear in court next month over two serious alleged assaults at Macksville.

About 2.30pm yesterday, police have been told a 37-year-old man was in Wallace Street at Macksville when he approached a youth about his offensive behaviour.

It is alleged the youth then assaulted the man by punching him to the face numerous times, knocking him unconscious.

The youth allegedly continued to kick the man while he was unconscious.

Police will allege a 60-year-old man who witnessed the assault followed the youth and was also punched a number of times to the head.

Officers attended the location, established a crime scene and spoke to witnesses.

Paramedics treated both men at the scene before taking the 37-year-old man to Macksville Hospital suffering a serious eye injury.

He was then transferred to the Sydney Eye Hospital for emergency surgery and is expected to lose sight in one eye.

The 60-year-old man was treated at the scene for minor facial injuries. He was later taken to Macksville Hospital by his wife for treatment.

Detectives last night attended a house in Apple Tree Glen at Burripine and arrested a 17-year-old youth.

He was taken to Macksville Police Station where he was charged with assault occasioning actual bodily harm in company and recklessly causing grievous bodily harm.

He was granted conditional bail to appear in Macksville Children’s Court on April 14.

Police are appealing for any witnesses who have not yet come forward to contact Macksville Police via Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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