A cyclist has been charged after threatening a 52-year-old man with two axes and then biting off the man’s finger tip in an assault in Campsie at the weekend.
Police say that at about 5.20pm on Sunday, the 52-year-old man left his place of business on Beamish Street, Campsie, and walked to his vehicle that was parked outside. As the man opened his car door a cyclist was riding past and narrowly missed a collision.
A verbal argument commenced before the cyclist stopped and the situation escalated to a physical altercation.
Police will allege the cyclist left the area only to return a short time later armed with two large axes that he took from his duffle bag. He threatened the man with the axes before leaving the scene walking towards a shopping complex on Claremont Street where he placed the weapons back in his bag.
The man, and two of his relatives, followed the cyclist to the supermarket carpark where he was tackled to the ground. A scuffle ensued between the pair resulting in the tip of the man’s finger being bitten off.
The cyclist managed to run from the area before being arrested in Evaline Street, Campsie, by officers from the Public Order and Riot Squad.
He was taken to Royal Prince Alfred Hospital for assessment before being released into the custody of officers from Campsie Police Area Command about 10.50pm last night.
He was charged with cause grievous bodily harm with intent, affray, armed with intent to commit indicatable offence, common assault and drug possession.
He was refused bail and is due to appear in Burwood Local Court today.
The injured man was treated at Bankstown Hospital where he will undergo surgery to his middle finger.