Man blinded in assault

A MAN who challenged a teenager over his offensive behaviour in Macksville is expected to lose sight in one eye after he was callously bashed.

Police said the 37-year-old approached the youth in Wallace St on Tuesday about 2.30pm.

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

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

A 60-year-old man, who witnessed the assault, followed the youth and was also allegedly punched a number of times to the head.

Police attended the location and spoke with witnesses.

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

He was transferred to the Sydney Eye Hospital for emergency surgery. Doctors have told the man’s family he may lose vision in one eye.

The 60-year-old suffered minor facial injuries and was taken to hospital by his wife.

Detectives attended a house in Apple Tree Glen at Burrapine on Tuesday night and arrested a 17-year-old youth.

He was taken to the 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 the Macksville Children’s Court on April 14.

Police are appealing for witnesses who have not yet spoken to officers to contact the Macksville station via Crime Stoppers 1800 333 000.

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