Man found with cracked ribs, punctured lung after horror hammer attack

A MAN is in hospital lucky to be alive after being brutally bludgeoned with a hammer in a horror attack outside a unit in Sydney’s southwest overnight.

Police said were patrolling Erlington Street in Cartwright shortly after midnight when they noticed a 22-year-old man bleeding from a deep cut to his left arm.

Officers stopped the young man and called paramedics to transport him to Liverpool Hospital for treatment.


A short time later, emergency services were called to reports of an injured man at a unit on Willan Drive.

Police arrived to find a 49-year-old man seriously injured, lying in a pool of blood outside the unit.

It’s understood the man had been viciously attacked with a hammer.

He suffered several broken ribs, a punctured lung, and a chipped tooth in the attack.

The 49-year-old was treated at the scene by paramedics before he too was taken to Liverpool Hospital.

The victim told police he may have cut one of his alleged attackers with a knife during the attack.

After learning this, police placed a guard outside the room of the 22-year-old man who they’d picked up off the street with a knife wound to his arm.

While forensically examining the crime scene at the Willan Drive unit, officers found a blood trail from the unit to where the young man was found bleeding from his arm on Erlington Street.

Detectives are investigating the incident and would like to speak to anyone who may have witnessed the assault.

Anyone who may have information that could with the investigation is urged to come forward and contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.