A man has been charged following an alleged unprovoked assault at Maitland yesterday.
About 4.35pm (Monday 6 January 2020), a 62-year-old woman was walking south along Church Street when she stopped behind a 40-year-old male.
Police will allege in court the man turned around without any provocation and stuck the woman to the face.
Bystanders came to assist the woman while the man fled the scene.
Emergency services were called and officers from Port Stephens-Hunter Police District arrived shortly after.
The woman was treated at the scene by paramedics before being taken to Maitland Hospital for further treatment; she has since been discharged.
Following inquiries, police attended Maitland Railway Station where they arrested a 40-year-old man.
He was taken to Maitland Police Station and charged with reckless wounding.
He was refused bail to appear at Maitland Local Court today (Tuesday 7 January 2020).
Investigations are continuing.