Kings Cross policewoman attack: man charged

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Kings Cross policewoman attack: man charged

May 15, 2009 - 2:06PM
Clues...police mark areas in Arthur Park. Photo: Quentin Jones

Police have charged a Wollongong man over the savage attack on a 34-year-old policewoman in Kings Cross on Wednesday morning.

Police arrested the 39-year-old from Kanahooka at Dapto train station at 9.15pm yesterday.

He was taken to Sydney this morning. Detectives walked him through the crime scene about 10am and later charged him with attempted murder and aggravated robbery.

The man is accused of bashing the police officer with a brick. She remains in a critical but stable condition in hospital.

Police allege he tried to rob another woman about six hours earlier, late on Tuesday night.

That attack occurred in the same general area of Darlinghurst and Kings Cross, Detective Inspector Mark Henney, from the Robbery and Serious Crimes Squad, said.

The woman fought off the man with the help of passers-by, Detective Inspector Henney said.

Police also confirmed today that two female police officers saw a man acting suspiciously in the area in which the policewoman was bashed.

At 6.40am on Wednesday, police officers patrolling the area found their colleague, a mother-of-two, dazed and bleeding heavily in a bus shelter.

The traffic sergeant had been attacked as she walked  to work at Kings Cross police station. 

After the attack, she stumbled a few metres to the bus shelter where she waited to be found.

She was taken to St Vincent's Hospital where she remains today, breathing with the help of a ventilator after enduring hours of surgery to repair damage to her badly injured face and head.

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