Man charged with attempted murder over Sydney speargun attack

A man has been charged after a man was shot with a speargun on Sydney’s northern beaches.

A 48-year-old man was found in his car with a spear protruding from his chest at Avalon Beach on Friday night.

The spear was just three centimetres from the man’s heart.


The man was rushed to hospital where he underwent emergency surgery.

Police described it as an “incredible escape”.

“The attack continued, allegedly, after the spear attack with a knife or something – a sharp weapon,” Detective Chief Inspector Michael Boutouridis told reporters on Saturday.

“The injured man was able to get into his own car and drive away and hold the spear, and stem any bleeding.

“He was taken to North Shore Hospital where it was established that the spear narrowly missed his heart, he’s a very lucky man to be alive, we would have otherwise been talking about a murder.”

Police launched a major manhunt for the attacker who was well known to Police.

Officers were called to a fast food restaurant on Pittwater Rd at Brookvale at around 6.30pm on Saturday night after reports of an unresponsive man.

A 35-year-old was taken into custody and charged with attempted murder and wound person with intent to cause grievous bodily harm.

He was refused bail to front Parramatta Bail Court on Sunday.