Third person charged after tomahawk assault in East Maitland

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A man will face court today charged over an alleged assault and affray incident in East Maitland last week.

Just before 8pm on Tuesday (13 July), a 28-year-old woman and a 35-year-old man were inside a home on Alliance Street, East Maitland, when five people arrived at the premises and an argument broke out.

Police will allege in court the 28-year-old woman was assaulted and the 35-year-old man was struck several times with a tomahawk.

The injured man contacted emergency services while the group left the scene.

The 35-year-old was later taken to John Hunter Hospital for treatment to injuries to his back; he has since been released.

Two people – a 20-year-old woman and an 18-year-old man – have been charged in relation to the incident; they both remains before the courts.

Following further inquiries, detectives from Port Stephens-Hunter Police District, assisted by officers from the Queensland Police Service – travelled to the Sunshine Coast and arrested a 23-year-old man about 3pm on Tuesday (20 July).

He was taken to the Maroochydore Magistrate’s Court where detectives applied for and were granted his extradition to NSW.

Yesterday, he was taken to Raymond Terrace Police Station and charged with wound person with intent to cause grievous bodily harm and affray.

The Tarro man was refused bail to appear at Raymond Terrace Local Court today (Thursday 22 July 2021).

Investigations into the incident remain ongoing.

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