Cancer patient attacked after refusing man a cigarette
A man has been charged after an alleged aggravated assault of a cancer patient outside a hospital in Darlinghurst.
At about 10.15am yesterday a 35-year-old man, who is currently undergoing cancer treatment at St Vincent's Hospital, left the grounds for a break when he was approached by an unknown man.
He was seated outside the hospital on Victoria Street when the man asked for a cigarette.
When he refused the request the man allegedly took hold of his arm and threw him to the ground before punching him a number of times in the stomach.
The assault continued as the man grabbed hold of the patient's IV tubes and ripped them out before repeatedly kicking him in the stomach.
A nurse witnessed the assault and called upon the man to stop.
Other doctors and nurses came to his aid and the man quickly left the area.
He was seen to cross Victoria Street and enter Green Park.
Officers from Kings Cross Police Area Command were called and attended the hospital where they spoke with the patient and the staff.
Officers then attended Green Park where they arrested the man after a brief struggle.
He was taken to Kings Cross police station where he was charged with aggravated assault with intent to rob and use corporate violence, assault occasioning actual bodily harm, and resist arrest.
He was refused bail and will appear in Parramatta Local Court.
The patient suffered internal injuries and is being treated at St Vincent's Hospital.
Originally published as Cancer patient attacked after refusing man a cigarette