A man has been arrested and charged with assault after an alleged attack overnight in Tony Abbott‘s seat of Warringah, that saw a Liberal volunteer stabbed with a corkscrew while putting up election campaigning material.
According to NSW Police, the incident took place at Balgowlah Heights Public School at around 8pm. A group of volunteers were putting up campaign posters for Tony Abbott outside the school when a man approached and began yelling abuse.
Per Police reports: “He allegedly threatened an 18-year-old man before he thrust a corkscrew at the stomach of a 31-year-old man, causing a minor injury. He then started ripping down the banners that had been erected, before fleeing the scene.”
Ambulance officers attended the scene and treated the injured man, who did not require hospitalisation. Officers from the Northern Beaches Police Area Command investigated, and around 10.30, arrested a 62-year-old man at his Balgowlah Heights home.
The man was then taken to Manly Police Station where he was charged with two counts of common assault. He was granted conditional bail and is set to appear at Manly Local Court on Wednesday June 5.
Speaking at Forestville Public School this morning, Abbott condemned the attack, saying: “My message is that the voters of Warringah should not reward this kind really low and vicious behaviour think long and hard before you give these nasty elements the victory they want.”