Liberal Volunteer Allegedly Stabbed With Corkscrew In Abbott's Seat Of Warringah
An irate man allegedly assaulted a Liberal volunteer with a corkscrew at a polling station in Tony Abbott's Sydney electorate on the eve of the federal election.
Police said several volunteers were putting up banners outside a Balgowlah Heights school when they were confronted by a man allegedly who started yelling verbal abuse at the group.
The incident escalated when the man thrust a corkscrew at the stomach of one of the volunteers, before ripping down banners and eventually fleeing the scene, police alleged.
A 31-year-old man, who 10 daily understands was a volunteer for the Liberal Party, was treated at the scene for a minor injury. He was not taken to hospital.
In a video posted to Twitter, from what appears to be the man who was stabbed, he can be heard saying "f*ck" as he films the older man tearing down posters.
"This is my street, we are all Zali supporters, so fuck off" the 62-year-old man said.
"I've called the cops mate," the man filming said.
He then asked why the local resident was tearing down posters.
"It is my democratic right," he said.
He can then be heard saying the man filming threatened to punch him. This is denied by the man filming.
NSW Police said a 62-year-old man was later arrested at Balgowlah Heights and taken to Manly Police station where he was charged with two counts of common assault.
Warringah is one of the most fiercely contested electorates in Sydney, as long-serving member and former Prime Minister Tony Abbott faces a tough battle to keep his seat against independent candidate Zali Steggall.
"This violence and grubby tactics have no place in our society," Northern Beaches Council Councillor Rory Amon posted on his Facebook page on Saturday morning.
The contest has seen some of the dirtiest tricks of the campaign, including a book with faeces inside being dumped outside Abbott's Manly office.
The man is due to face the Manly Local Court on June 5.
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