A man has been charged after allegedly assaulting a cancer patient outside a hospital in Darlinghurst yesterday.
About 10.15am (Friday 10 July 2020), a 35-year-old man, who is currently undergoing cancer treatment, left the hospital grounds for a break.
While he was seated outside the hospital on Victoria Street a man approached and asked for a cigarette. He refused the request and the man allegedly took hold of his arm and threw him to the ground before punching him a number of times in his stomach.
The assault continued as the man grabbed hold of the patient’s IV tubes and ripped them out before repeatedly kicking him in the stomach.
A nurse witnessed the assault and called upon the man to stop. Further doctors and nurses came to his aid and the man quickly left the area. He was seen to cross Victoria Street and enter Green Park.
Officers from Kings Cross Police Area Command where called and attended the hospital where they spoke with the patient and the staff.
Officers then attended Green Park where they arrested the man after a brief struggle.
He was taken to Kings Cross Police Station where he was charged with aggravated assault with intent to rob and use corporate violence, assault occasioning actual bodily harm, and resist arrest.
He was refused bail and will appear in Parramatta Local Court today (Saturday 11 July 2020).
The patient suffered internal injuries and is being treated at St Vincent’s Hospital.