Police charge two with assault after bushfire fundraising event at Binalong

An investigation is underway and two men have been charged following an alleged altercation at a bushfire fundraising event in the state’s south west.

About 11.30pm Saturday (15 February 2020), police were called to a registered club in Binalong, 37km north west of Yass, following reports of an altercation between a group of men.

A 26-year-old man was treated at the scene and taken to Yass Hospital with cuts to his mouth and damage to his teeth after a glass was allegedly thrown in his direction during the scuffle.

Shortly after, two of the men who were allegedly involved in the altercation attended a home in Binalong and were confronted by two men.

A 36-year-old man was allegedly punched in the face and fell over a table, before he ran from the scene.

A 45-year-old man was chased into an adjacent property before allegedly being punched, choked and hit in the head with a shovel by the two men. The man lost consciousness and was found laying on the road by police.

He was treated at the scene by NSW Ambulance paramedics before being flown to Canberra Hospital, where he remains in a stable condition. The man is expected to undergo facial reconstruction surgery and treatment for facial and rib fractures.

A crime scene was established and officers from The Hume Police District commenced an investigation.

Following extensive inquiries, about 10.45am yesterday (Tuesday 18 February 2020) police arrested two men for their involvement in the alleged assaults before taking them to Yass Police Station.

A 23-year-old man was charged with cause grievous bodily harm with intent, intentionally choke persons without consent and common assault.

A 45-year-old man was charged with cause grievous bodily harm with intent and intentionally choke persons without consent.

Both men were granted strict conditional bail and are due to face Yass Local Court on 13 March 2020.

Inquiries are continuing and anyone with information is urged to contact Yass police or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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