20 January 2023

Two assaults across Canberra leave girl's jaw broken and man in hospital

| Claire Fenwicke
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Police are seeking information and witnesses related to two separate assaults in Canberra. Photo: File.

A teenage girl has had her nose and jaw broken while a man has been coward punched in separate assaults across Canberra.

ACT Policing is seeking witnesses and information about the two incidents from last month, which police said were related.

In the first incident, two men were walking past the Fifth Avenue bar on Northbourne Avenue at about 2:40 am on 10 December when it’s believed they were assaulted by an unknown group of people.

During the alleged attack, one of the men was knocked unconscious and needed to be taken to hospital.

The second incident occurred after 3:40 am in Jim Pike Avenue, Gordon, when four people entered a home.

Police said at some point between 3:40 am and 4:30 am, a girl’s nose and jaw were broken inside the residence.

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When the four people left, one of them allegedly stole a grey Ford Ranger ute from out the front of the premises.

A 20-year-old man was arrested on Friday, 13 January, and has faced court charged with assault occasioning actual bodily harm, common assault and taking a motor vehicle without consent.

Police wish to speak with anyone who may have information to help them identify the other alleged offenders in these incidents.

Anyone with information has been urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000, quoting reference number 7293312 for the Civic incident or 7293361 for the Gordon incident.

Information can be given anonymously.

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