Lithgow Police allege misunderstanding over a case of beer led to attack

A 39-year-old man has been charged with affray and assault after allegedly attacking a man at the Commercial Hotel in Wallerawang on Sunday, September 9. 

Police report that the incident occurred at 10.45pm as the staff at the Commercial Hotel in Wallerawang were closing up for the night.

Earlier in the night the accused had bought a case of beer and asked staff to leave it out the front for him to collect before he went home. He then continued out the back of the pub. 

According to police facts, there was a misunderstanding about the ownership of the case of beer left out for the man, with pub staff telling a group sitting out the front that, as they were closing up, they should take their case of beer with them. 

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The group thought they were receiving a free case of beer for being regular customers. 

As the group were leaving, the accused came to collect his beer. The bar staff member realised the mistake and approached the group to explain. The man carrying the case of beer understood and police allege, when he went to put the case down, the accused hit the man multiple times, causing bleeding to the victim’s head. 

The victim was taken to Lithgow hospital where he stayed overnight and is expected to make a full recovery. The accused, who resides in Queensland but was in the area for work, was charged with assault and affray and taken to Lithgow police station where he stayed overnight until he was granted bail on Monday morning, September 10. 

He will face Lithgow court on Thursday, September 13. 

Stolen cupboards

Lithgow Police are investigating a theft from Bunnings overnight between September 4 and 5. A ladder was used to scale the property’s fence and kitchen cupboards were stolen. Anyone with information is urged to contact Lithgow Police or Crimestoppers.

Counterfeit

Another counterfeit note was passed in Lithgow on September 4. 

The $10 note handed over as payment at a Lithgow Valley Plaza store was immediately recognised as a fake. The customer said they had received it as change and did not realise it was counterfeit. 

It is the latest in a series of counterfeit notes passed over the counter at Lithgow shops recently and, on one occasion, at a sporting field canteen. The other notes were $50s.