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A 37-year-old man who allegedly assaulted a 69-year-old man because he would not give him a cigarette will appear in court today.

The man was charged with assault following an incident at Tweed Heads earlier this week.

About 9.15pm on Monday a 69-year-old man was sitting in his car that was stationary on Minjungbal Drive at Tweed Heads South.

Police have been told that a man approached the occupant of the vehicle and asked for cigarettes.

When the occupant of the vehicle told the man he did not smoke the man assaulted him through the open car window.

The assailant then tried to open the driver’s door but the victim was able to close and lock it.

The assault continued through the open window until a passerby intervened.

After the offender fled, the injured man drove from to a nearby service station and police were alerted.

Officers from Tweed Byron Local Area Command attended and established a crime scene, also examining the man’s car.

About 3pm on Tuesday 13 June police arrested a 37-year-old man at Tweed Heads South.

He was conveyed to Tweed Heads Police Station and charged with assault occasioning actual bodily harm.

The man was refused bail to appear at Murwillumbah Local Court today (Wednesday 14 June 2017).

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  1. Less than three weeks ago, a doctor was violently assaulted for telling a smoker not to smoke in a hospital. The doctor is comatose and may never recover. Now another smoker commits a violent act on a 69 year old man for no justifiable reason. And it’s not just Australia:

    May 2017, New York USA: A train driver was assaulted for telling a passenger not to smoke.

    April 2017: A Pakistan Airlines passenger assaults cabin crew that prevented him from smoking.

    March 2017, Wuhan, China: A passenger stabs bus driver with a knife after being told not to smoke.

    November 2016: A man in China violently assaults a woman in an elevator for telling him not to smoke.

    November 2016, Boston, USA: 47 year old assaults 67 year old man who told him not to smoke.

    And these are just the stories that made world headlines, not the lesser known cases. There is an obvious and clear pattern of smokers being inherently violent towards non-smokers, also demonstrated by the increase of violence in a UK prison afte a smoking ban. This is a sign that we need an even stronger crackdown on smokers and legalized self-defence against them and their filth.


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