Man charged over alleged axe assault in Newcastle

Charges have been made after an incident where a man was assaulted and his car damaged with an axe.

About 4.45pm Thursday a 44-year-old man was sitting in his utility that was parked outside a hotel on George Street, Islington. While sitting in his car, a second man, aged 30, left the hotel and got into his green Toyota Camry that was parked in front of the ute.

After a short time the driver of the ute allegedly threw a sandwich at the other vehicle. The incident escalated and the ute driver allegedly grabbed an axe and smashed the drivers-side window, windscreen and roof of the Camry. The driver was struck in he face with the handle of the axe during the incident.

The driver was taken to Mater Hospital where he received treatment for facial injuries.

A utility was later stopped in Lambton Road, New Lambton about 9.20pm by Highway Patrol officers. The driver was arrested and taken to Waratah Police Station where he was subsequently charged with assault occasioning actual bodily harm, armed with intent to commit indictable offence, destroy or damage property and stalk/intimidate intend fear physical harm.

He was given conditional bail and will appear in Newcastle Local Court on Thursday August 31.