A 70-year-old man was struck in the back of the head with a garden shovel and then kicked and punched to the ground by three men in a road-rage incident in Queanbeyan late last night (June 2).
A 43-year-old witness who tried to intervene was also assaulted in the incident which occurred about 10.10 pm.
NSW Police report that the 70-year-old man was driving along Southbar Road last night, with a grey Honda Accord sedan being driven in an erratic manner behind him. The Honda then overtook him and slowed down.
When both cars reached Donald Road, the 70-year-old man was verbally threatened by three men in the Honda.
The men in the Honda followed the man to Cameron Road where they got out and again threatened the older man.
Police state that one of the men struck the 70-year-old in the back of the head with a garden shovel, causing the man to fall. The older man was allegedly then kicked and punched to the ground by the three men.
A witness attempted to intervene but was also assaulted by the men, who then left in the Honda.
NSW Ambulance paramedics were called to the scene and took both injured men to Queanbeyan Hospital.
The 70-year-old man suffered bruised ribs and a laceration to the head which required sutures, while the 43-year-old man was treated for a bleeding nose, bruising and swelling to his face and ribs.
Police have established a crime scene and have secured the garden shovel for forensic analysis.
Police are appealing for anyone who has information about the incident to contact them.
The men are described as being between 20 to 30 years of age, with medium builds and olive skin and dark hair.
Motorists with dashcam footage who may have been in the area at the time or anyone else with information about the incident is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or via the website by clicking here.