Driver charged as punch victim fights for life

A man is behind bars, ahead of an appearance in Tweed Heads Court, accused of a violent attack on a pedestrian.

The 29-year-old was arrested in Cabarita on Friday, almost a week after the fight that left a 20-year-old man in a critical condition in hospital.

Police say the pair were involved in a verbal argument around 11.40pm on Saturday 21 April, at an intersection in Newcastle, north of Sydney.


“(The) 20-year-old man was crossing Union Lane, when a Holden Commodore stopped, and he began arguing with a man inside,” Police explain in a statement.

“The man allegedly got out of the Commodore and ran towards him and punched him once to the face.

“As a result, he fell to the ground and lost consciousness.”

The Holden driver is then accused of grabbing a bottle and threatening bystanders who attempted to intervene.

“Newcastle City Police Area Command officers were patrolling the area and saw the injured man unconsciousness on the footpath.”

The man who allegedly threw the punch ran off and remained on the loose until officers caught up with him on Friday.

He was taken to Tweed Heads Police Station where he was charged with reckless grievous bodily harm and was refused bail to appear at Tweed Heads Local Court today.

The victim remains in a critical condition in John Hunter Hospital.

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