‘Freedom protester’ charged over alleged assault in Canberra

A New South Wales man has been charged after he allegedly assaulted a woman during anti-COVID-19 vaccination “freedom protests”.
ACT police received reports a 67-year-old woman, who was working at a venue inside Exhibition Park in Canberra, was assaulted in February.

The woman suffered fractures to both her wrists and needed surgery.

Police sort the public’s assistance to identify a man pictured in CCTV at the time. (ACT Policing)

At the time, ACT police appealed to the public to help identify a man pictured on CCTV.

NSW Police carried out a search warrant at a home in Kings Langley, in Sydney, on Tuesday where a 34-year-old man was arrested.

Police allege the man was in Canberra at the time of the assault as part of the anti-vaccination “freedom protests”.

Anti-vaccination mandate protests were carried out in the nation’s capital for weeks during February.

The 34-year-old appeared at Blacktown Local Court after his arrest where he was bailed to appear at ACT Magistrates Court this morning.

He has been charged with trespassing and recklessly inflicting grievous bodily harm, the latter charge can carry a maximum jail time of 20 years.

Detective acting inspector Leesa Alexander said the freedom protesters had “little regard for the safety and security” of the Canberra community.

“This should serve as a warning to anyone protesting in the ACT,” Alexander said.

“Peaceful protest activity is a person’s right, however, if someone breaks the law they will be identified, arrested and placed before the court.”

Reference-www.9news.com.au

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