Man allegedly stabbed after face mask argument at Sydney shops

Nick Whigham
·Assistant News Editor
·1-min read

NSW Police have charged a man who allegedly assaulted a security guard and stabbed another person following a request to wear a face mask.

The altercation broke out at a shopping centre in Sydney’s northwest at about 8.20pm on Tuesday.

Police have been told the 25-year-old man, a woman and two children were at the centre on George Street in Windsor, when the woman was asked by a security guard to put on a face mask due to coronavirus rules.

According to NSW police, a short time later the man allegedly approached the 59-year-old security guard and pushed him, before punching him a number of times.

A general view of the Windsor Riverview Shopping Centre on George Street. Source: Google Maps
A general view of the Windsor Riverview Shopping Centre on George Street. Source: Google Maps

During the violent scuffle, a member of the public ­– a 53-year-old man – intervened and a physical fight ensued, police said.

The younger man then allegedly produced a knife and stabbed the man who had intervened in the leg.

A struggle continued before police were able to apprehend the man and take him to Windsor Police Station, where he was charged with being armed with intent to commit an indictable offence, affray, and resisting or hindering a police officer in the execution of duty.

Inquires are ongoing.

The man was refused bail and is due to appear in Penrith Local Court today.

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian announced the mandatory wearing of masks for a range of indoor venues, including shopping malls, in Greater Sydney earlier this month.

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