Girl struck in head with fire extinguisher, man charged at Penrith

Police have charged a man after a series of unprovoked attacks, where an eight-year-old girl was injured, in Sydney’s west at the weekend.

About 10pm on Saturday 22 August 2020, a man was allegedly punched in the head while standing in line to enter a licensed premise on Mulgoa Road, Penrith.

Shortly after, at 10.25pm, a 19-year-old man was walking in the direction of a fast food outlet on the same road, when he was allegedly punched to the right side of his head by a man, before he ran into a nearby hotel on Panthers Place.

The same man then began following two families walking within the hotel. When the family went to enter a hotel room, the man allegedly struck a 28-year-old man in the face with a fire extinguisher. The man allegedly attempted to hit the 28-year-old again, missing him, before throwing the fire extinguisher towards an eight-year-old girl, striking her in the head.

NSW Ambulance paramedics attended, and the girl was taken to Nepean Hospital for treatment for a laceration above her ear.

The 28-year-old and a second male chased the man through the hotel and onto Mulgoa Road. At the intersection of Mulgoa Road and Ransley Street, an officer attached to Nepean Police Area Command also joined the foot pursuit.

The man allegedly attempted to punch the Constable in the head, before the 18-year-old man was arrested on Ransley Street. The officer was not injured.

The 18-year-old was taken to Nepean Hospital for assessment before being conveyed to Penrith Police Station where he was charged with affray, two counts of assault occasioning actual bodily harm, common assault and assault police officer in execution of duty without actual bodily harm.

The Doonside man was refused bail to appear in Penrith Local Court today (Monday 24 August 2020.)

Inquiries continue.

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