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A 50-year-old Pumpenbil man has been charged after he allegedly attacked two men while armed with a machete during separate incidents in the Tweed last week.

About 3:30pm on Wednesday (July 2), police allege the man went to his neighbours’ house in Pumpenbil, near Murwillumbah, and assaulted the 64-year-old occupant of the home.

During the incident he allegedly grabbed the man by the throat and threatened him with a machete before leaving the property.

The 64-year-old man sustained a throat injury and was admitted to Murwillumbah Hospital overnight for treatment.

Three hours later (around 6pm), the same man allegedly became involved in a road rage incident on Tyalgum Road at Eungella where he followed and confronted a 76-year-old driver.

During the incident he allegedly grabbed the elderly man by the throat and threatened him with the machete.

Police further allege he swung the machete at the man’s car and damaged the bull bar of the vehicle before fleeing the scene.

The 76-year-old man sustained a small laceration to his face as a result of the incident.

Detectives from Tweed/Byron Local Area Command yesterday raided a house in Pumpenbil where they conducted a search warrant seizing a machete and clothing.

A 50-year-old man was arrested and taken to Tweed Heads Police Station where he was charged with being armed with intent, reckless wounding, assault occasioning actual bodily harm, intimidation, malicious damage and possessing a prohibited drug.

He was refused bail to appear in Tweed Heads Local Court.


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