EARLIER @ April 21 2019 | A MAN is due to face a Sydney court on Easter Sunday, accused of stabbing a Police officer in the back.
It’s alleged the 53-year-old attacked Constable Hayden Edwards from behind, as he attended another matter at Sydney’s Central railway station on Good Friday.
The 30-year-old officer was taken to Royal Prince Alfred Hospital where he underwent surgery for a six centimetre cut to his back.
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Const Edwards was discharged from the hospital on Saturday night.
It’s alleged the man used a 45cm-long hunting knife in what Police are describing as an “unprovoked attack”.
He’s due to face Parramatta Bail Court on Sunday morning.
EARLIER @ April 20 2019 | A POLICE officer has undergone surgery after being attacked with a machete in front of horrified train passengers at Sydney’s Central railway station.
The 30-year-old male constable from the Police Transport Command was stabbed in the back in an unprovoked attack about 6.45pm on Friday, police said.
It’s understood the officer was on platform one, speaking with a person in relation to an unrelated assault when he was set upon by a 53-year-old man.
The officer was allegedly attacked from behind and struck with what is believed to have been a machete.
He was rushed to the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital in a serious condition and underwent surgery overnight.
NSW Police this morning confirmed the constable is 30 years old, not 25 as was originally reported.
The officer is now in a stable condition, police said.
His alleged attacker was arrested and taken to St Vincent’s Hospital where he remains under police guard.
This is Mark Thompson under guard in hospital – suspected of stabbing a @nswpolice officer in the back with a machete last night. The Constable was helping another person at Central station when he was attacked from behind. @7NewsSydney pic.twitter.com/JXT72EqsT1
— Andrew Denney (@Andrew_Denney) April 19, 2019
It’s understood the 53-year-old man is being treated for cuts to his head sustained during his arrest and will also be subjected to a mental health assessment.
Central Station was cordoned off and declared a crime scene for most of the night while the area was examined.
While investigations into the incident are continuing, it is not believed to be terror related.
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