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Kempsey Police

Police Charge Man After Woman Hit With Shovel – Kempsey

Police have charged a man who will appear in court today after he struck a woman in the head with a shovel earlier this month.

During the evening of Monday 16 November a 29-year-old South Kempsey woman and her two-year-old daughter were at a party in West Kempsey.

As the woman walked towards the residence where she was staying overnight she was allegedly attacked by a 38-year-old West Kempsey man who struck her in the head with a shovel.

Police will allege that during the attack the woman tried to protect her daughter between her legs.

She was eventually able to push the man away and seek help from a neighbouring home.

The woman was treated at the scene by paramedics and taken to Kempsey and Port Macquarie Hospitals where she was stabilised.

The woman who had a 15cm laceration to the right side of her skull and partial brain exposure was then airlifted to the John Hunter Hospital in Newcastle for surgery.

She also suffered a fractured skull and bruising and swelling to her head. The woman’s daughter was not injured in the incident.

The 38-year-old man was arrested at West Kempsey yesterday without incident and taken to Kempsey Police Station.

He was later charged with wound person with intent to inflict grievous bodily harm and an outstanding warrant.

The man was refused bail and will appear at Port Macquarie Local Court later today.

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