A MAN has been left with a fractured spine and slashed neck after he was allegedly attacked with a bolt gun at a house in the NSW Central Hunter region.
Police said two men aged 55 and 67 first met online before meeting up in a car park outside a pub on Broke Road at Pokolbin around 12pm on Sunday.
The pair then left the scene and made their way to a house on Wollombi Road at Paynes Crossing, 46km away, where police said the 67-year-old was allegedly assaulted with the bolt gun and threatened with a firearm.
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The duo then became embroiled in another physical altercation as the older man tried to flee the scene, police said.
The victim was eventually able to free himself and run for help, flagging down a passing motorist who then rushed him to Cessnock Hospital for treatment to a large laceration to his neck.
It was later revealed two of the victim’s vertebrae were also fractured in the attack.
He has since been transferred to the John Hunter Hospital in Newcastle.
Following extensive inquiries, the 55-year-old man was arrested at a house on Casey Drive in Singleton.
He fronted Singleton Local Court today, charged with causing grievous bodily harm with intent.
Bail was formally refused and the 55-year-old will face Newcastle Local Court on Wednesday.