Man charged after punching a woman who lost consciousness in St Marys

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Police and the ambulance attend to the victim of a one-punch assault in St Marys on Saturday evening. Photo: Supplied Paige Patello was nearby when the assault occured and said her friend was punched shortly after asking to borrow a lighter. Photo: Supplied

A young man has been charged after allegedly punching a woman across the face and causing her to lose consciousness in Sydney’s west on Saturday night.

He allegedly became involved in an argument with a young woman he had not met previously after she asked to use his cigarette lighter outside the Major Oak theatre restaurant in St Marys on Saturday night.

Police say he struck the 29-year-old in a backhanded swipe across the face, causing her to reel backwards. She hit her head before slamming on to the concrete footpath. Fairfax Media understands she had previously been ridiculed in the restaurant for her homosexuality.

Witness to the assault Paige Patullo said her friend was struck almost immediately after asking to borrow the man’s lighter.

“I couldn’t see what was happening after that but he just whacked her. She hit her heard against the pole and fallen and smacked her head on the ground. Then blood just came everywhere,” said Ms Patello.

“It was with a closed fist. You could hear the impact and she didn’t get up for five minutes.”

The assaulted woman regained consciousness as the ambulance arrived and was able to climb onto the stretcher. She was taken to Nepean Hospital for non-life threatening head injuries and a cut above her eyebrow.

Inspector Grant Bissett told Fairfax Media they were surprised by the escalation of the argument.

“Neither were known to each other, or to police. It appears to have been a random, alcohol-fuelled fight,” Inspector Bissett said.

The 26-year-old man was arrested at the scene and charged at St Marys police station with assault causing actual bodily harm.

He was released on conditional police bail and will face Penrith Local Court on May 11.

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