A 49-year-old who assaulted a 17-year-old who stole his bike in North St Marys has been charged.
About 6pm on Friday, March 27 a 49-year-old North St Marys man was at a park with his young relatives.
It is alleged he left his push bike and the children’s push bikes nearby and went for a run.
At the same time a 17-year-old St Marys youth was walking through the park with friends and took one of the bikes and rode off.
The 49-year-old saw what was happening and ran towards the youth, yelling at him, however the youth escaped him.
A short time later the 49-year-old got into his motor vehicle and went searching for the youth.
About 6.30pm the 49-year-old located him still riding the bike.
It is alleged the 49-year-old used the motor vehicle to cut the youth off, causing him to collide with the front of the vehicle.
The youth fell off the bike and was struck in the face by the 49-year-old three to four times causing significant injuries to the youth’s face, nose and lips.
The man continued to punch and kick the teenager causing the youth’s face to swell, bruise and bleed immediately.
The youth was assisted by a nearby resident and police were contacted and he was conveyed to Nepean Hospital for treatment.
The man was arrested and charged with ‘assault occasioning actual bodily harm’ to appear in Penrith Local Court on Tuesday, June 2.
Several days later the youth was interviewed in relation to the theft of the push bike.
He was dealt with under the Young Offenders Act.
A graduate of Western Sydney University, Nicola Barton is a news journalist with the Western Weekender, primarily covering crime and politics.