/Liberal volunteer attacked at polling booth in Abbotts seat of Warringah

Liberal volunteer attacked at polling booth in Abbotts seat of Warringah

Updated

May 18, 2019 08:25:06

A man has been charged after a Liberal Party volunteer was stabbed with a corkscrew in former prime minister Tony Abbott’s seat of Warringah on Friday night.

A number of volunteers were putting up campaign posters outside Balgowlah Heights Public School about 8:00pm when a man began yelling abuse at them, police said.

“He allegedly threatened an 18-year-old man before he thrust a corkscrew at the stomach of a 31-year-old man causing a minor injury,” NSW police said in a statement.

“He then started ripping down the banners that had been erected, before fleeing the scene.”

The injured man was treated at the scene by paramedics but was not taken to hospital.

Footage uploaded to social media showed a man tearing a Liberal Party banner off a fence before calling a political volunteer a “paedophile supporter”.

A person filming the confrontation asked the man: “What are you doing that for sir?”

“It’s my democratic right,” he replied.

A photo taken after the incident showed the quiet north-Sydney street lined with police vehicles and officers.

A man was found by police in a nearby home two hours later and taken to Manly Police Station.

The 62-year-old was charged with two counts of common assault and granted conditional bail.

He has been ordered to appear before a Manly court next month.

The former prime minister holds the north-Sydney seat by a margin of 11 per cent but faces a strong challenge from former Olympian Zali Steggall.

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First posted

May 18, 2019 08:12:37