Man, 73, suffers axe wound in alleged Rathmines assault

A MAN has been charged after an elderly man was attacked with an axe during a rampage in Rathmines today, police say.

About 7.15am, a 44-year-old man armed with an axe allegedly broke into a number of homes on Rosemary Row Road.

He allegedly assaulted a 73-year-old man with an axe outside one of the homes.

The older man sustained a shoulder wound and was taken to John Hunter Hospital where he remains in a stable condition. His injuries were not life threatening.

The men are known to each other but it is not believed they are related.

Police arrested a 44-year-old man at the scene. He was taken to Toronto police station and charged with a range of violence and break and enter offences including wound person with intent to cause grievous bodily harm, aggravated break, enter and commit serious indictable offence, three counts aggravated break and enter whilst armed and armed with intent intentionally cause grievous bodily harm, use weapon to commit indictable offence, and use weapon to avoid apprehension.

He was refused bail and will face Newcastle Local Court on Saturday.