POLICE have charged a man, 24, with reckless wounding and assault occasioning actual bodily harm after an alleged machete attack at Hamilton.
Police will allege an 18-year-old man and his girlfriend were talking to a busker near the corner of Cleary and Beaumont Streets about 9.30pm on Wednesday when they heard a commotion behind them.
The pair turned to see four males allegedly attacking another man.
It will be alleged the 18-year-old went to intervene when he was allegedly confronted by one of the men, who produced a machete.
Police have been told the man raised the blade above his head before allegedly striking the 18-year-old’s forearm.
The alleged victim escaped the area to avoid further injury, police said, while security staff from the nearby Kent Hotel intervened.
Police said staff secured the weapon and detained a man until police arrived and established a crime scene.
The 18-year-old man was taken to the Mater Hospital for stitches while the 24-year-old man was taken to the John Hunter Hospital with minor head injuries.
He was later charged with reckless wounding and assault occasioning actual bodily harm and granted conditional bail to appear in Newcastle Local Court in January.