A man has been charged with partially blinding his neighbour after an incident involving liquid pool chlorine in Sydney’s east.
On the afternoon of March 6, a 45-year-old man was playing with his young daughter on a trampoline in the backyard of their home on Hastings Parade, North Bondi.
After the man’s child returned inside, his 31-year-old neighbour allegedly poured an amount of liquid chlorine over his fence which hit the 45-year-old man in the face and damaged the trampoline, in what police allege was a deliberate act.
The 45-year-old man was taken to the Sydney Eye Hospital by ambulance paramedics where he was told he has permanent damage to his eyesight as a result of the incident.
Police from Eastern Suburbs Local Area Command attended and arrested the 31-year-old man at his address.
He was taken to Waverley Police Station where he was charged with cause grievous bodily harm by the use of corrosive fluid and malicious damage.
He was granted strict conditional bail to appear at Waverley Local Court on 30 March 2016.
NSW Police Inspector Chris Stiles said the incident was shocking.
“It’s gobsmacking to think someone would do this another human being. The pain afflicted was excruciating,” he said on 2GB radio.