Alleged “coward punch” in Gosford

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A man has been charged following a serious assault at Gosford that has left another man critically injured.

About 12:30am on Sunday, June 22, a 20-year old man was with a group of friends who left Pulse Nightclub on Donnison St, and began walking towards a parked `party bus’. Police have been told a passing car stopped at the intersection with Mann St, and the occupants of the vehicle were involved in a verbal argument with members of the group. It will be alleged four people got out of the vehicle and one of these men assaulted the 20-year-old with a single punch to the back of the head.

The injured man fell to the ground and struck his head on a concrete gutter. Police will further allege the accused man, also aged 20, produced a knife when the injured man’s friends attempted to come to his aid. Officers from Brisbane Water Local Area Command attended a short time later and secured a crime scene. The injured man was treated by ambulance paramedics before being taken to Royal North Shore Hospital, where he was in a critical but stable condition. Police located the other 20-year-old and his 19-yearold friend in a nearby alley.

They were arrested and taken to Gosford Police Station. The 20-year-old man was charged with causing grievous bodily harm to a person with intent, custody of a knife in a public place and affray. He was refused bail and appeared before Gosford Bail Court, where bail was again refused. He appeared in Gosford Local Court via videolink on Monday, June 23. The 19-year-old man was charged with affray and was granted conditional bail to appear in Gosford Local Court on Tuesday, July 15.

Media release, 22 Jun
2014 NSW Police Media