Teen charged after elderly man assaulted in Caringbah

A 16-year-old boy has been charged after a 73-year-old man was assaulted at Caringbah yesterday, NSW Police say.

Police were told about 5.10pm today, a large group of teens were on a city bound train from Cronulla.

As the train stopped at Caringbah railway station, a 15-year-old boy exited the train and allegedly applied graffiti to a wall on the platform.

A 73-year-old man alighted from the train and attempted to stop the boy. Another boy left the train and allegedly punched the older man in the face, knocking him to the ground.

Both youths have then rejoined the group back on the train.

Police Transport Command officers were advised of the incident and arrested a 16-year-old boy at the scene.

He was taken to Miranda Police Station and charged with assault occasioning actual bodily harm, common assault and an outstanding warrant and was refused bail to appear at a Children’s Court tomorrow.

Another 16-year-old boy was searched at the scene and two knives were allegedly found in his possession. The knives were confiscated and infringement notices issued for the possession of knives in public place.

A 15-year-old boy will be issued with a Future Service Court Attendance Notice for a graffiti offence.

The 73-year-old man sustained bruising and swelling to his jaw and a graze to his elbow, but did not require medical treatment.

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