A man has been charged after he allegedly assaulted police after being found not wearing a face mask on public transport in Sydney’s north west last night.
Officers from The Hills Police Area Command were conducting routine patrols at Castle Hill Metro Station, about 9.30pm yesterday (Tuesday 19 January 2021), when they stopped and spoke to a man who was not wearing a mask.
He allegedly became aggressive and argumentative towards the two female officers, claiming it was a violation of human rights not to wear a mask.
The man, who did not have an exemption, allegedly continued to act aggressively when asked for identification and punched one of the officers several times.
The 72-year-old man was arrested and taken to Castle Hill Police Station where he was charged with;
- Not wear fitted face covering public transport waiting area,
- Assault officer in execution of duty, and
- Intimidate police officer in execution of duty without actual bodily harm.
The man was refused bail to appear in Parramatta Local Court today (Wednesday 20 January 2021).
The officers were not physically injured.
Anyone with information about this incident is urged to contact Crime Stoppers: 1800 333 000 or https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au. Information is treated in strict confidence. The public is reminded not to report information via NSW Police social media pages.