Abbott volunteer ‘stabbed with corkscrew’ at polling station

A MAN has been charged after allegedly ‘stabbing’ a Liberal supporter with a corkscrew at a polling station on Sydney’s Northern Beaches.

Police said a group of volunteers were setting up political signs and banners for Tony Abbott outside Balgowlah Heights Public School when they were accosted on Friday night.

A 62-year-old man allegedly confronted the volunteers about 8pm and started hurling abuse at them.


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The man allegedly threatened an 18-year-old before thrusting a corkscrew into the stomach of a 31-year-old man.

It’s alleged the 62-year-old then started tearing down the banners the group had erected before running away.

The man was arrested at his home in Balgowlah Heights about 10.30pm and taken to Manly Police Station where he was charged with two counts of common assault.

He was released on conditional bail and is due to appear in Manly Local Court on Wednesday, June 5.

Police said the 31-year-old man sustained “minor injuries” and was treated by paramedics at the scene.

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