Boy, 16, accused of punching elderly man to the ground in shocking attack

A 16-year-old boy has been arrested and charged after he allegedly punched a 73-year-old man to the ground in a shocking attack at a train station in Sydney’s south.

Police said a 15-year-old boy exited a city-bound train at Caringbah railway station just after 5pm on Saturday and allegedly began graffitiing a wall on the platform.

A 73-year-old man alighted from the train and attempted to stop the boy when a second 16-year-old boy jumped off the train and allegedly punched the older man in the face, knocking him to the ground.


Officers from the Police Transport Command arrested the 16-year-old boy at the scene. He has since been charged with assault occasioning actual bodily harm and common assault.

He was also wanted on an outstanding warrant. Refused bail, the teenager was scheduled to appear at a Children’s Court on Sunday.

Officers searched another 16-year-old boy at the scene and allegedly found him to be in possession of two knives.

The weapons were confiscated and the boy issued with infringement notices for possessing knives in a public place.

The 15-year-old boy accused of graffitiing the platform was also issued with a Future Service Court Attendance Notice.