5 June 2015 9:06 PM AEST: NSW Police arrested and charged two men and a teenager for what it believes to be ‘a racially-motivated assault upon a Syrian refugee’ yesterday, June 4.
The 21-year-old victim and his friends were at a community centre on the corner of Burelli and Kenny Street in Wollongong around 7:20 pm on Thursday. As they were leaving the address, a female ‘allegedly began to abuse the group with regard to their ethnic background’.
“Two males, aged 18 and 16, who were with the female, allegedly assaulted the 21-year-old Syrian National, and pushed him into a motorcycle that was parked on Burelli Street, causing it to fall,” police said. The 18 year old owner of the motorbike also allegedly joined in the racial attack on the 21-year-old Syrian national.
The victim was treated at Wollongong Hospital for ‘serious facial injuries including a broken nose’ and later released.
Police promptly arrested and charged the two men and the teenager ‘with affray and assault occasioning actual bodily harm’.
The 18 year old men will appear in Port Kembla Local Court on 30 June 2015 while the teenager will face the Port Kembla Children’s Court on 29 June 2015, NSW Police said.