Police release images of man after Covid test worker allegedly assaulted

  • Published August 11, 2021
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News.com.au, 11 August 2021

A union boss has slammed an alleged attack on a Covid-19 test worker, with police appealing for information about a man they would like to speak with.

Health Services Union secretary Gerard Hayes has blasted a “lowlife” who is alleged to have carried out an assault on a female Covid-19 test worker in Sydney’s northwest on Monday.

Police are searching for a man they would like to speak with in relation to an incident during which a man allegedly abused and punched a healthcare worker at a testing site at Kissing Point Rd, Dundas, at about 4pm.

Police have been told a female staff member was carrying out tests when she was confronted by a man who was not wearing a mask.

It is alleged the man began filming the 31-year-old healthcare worker on his phone while abusing her about vaccinations.

The man then allegedly ripped off the woman’s mask and punched her in the head. Witnesses who were undergoing tests hopped out of their cars and helped the worker.

The man then allegedly fled on foot before the woman was treated at the scene. She did not require hospitalisation.

Mr Hayes on Wednesday provided a statement to NCA NewsWire condemning the man’s alleged behaviour.

“Assaulting people working on the frontline of the pandemic is beneath contempt,” he wrote.

“What sort of lowlife punches someone who is already risking their own health to help the public through an unprecedented health crisis?

“Health and hospital workers are already battling anxiety and exhaustion. Violent attacks like this push them beyond breaking point. This assailant is an absolute grub.”

NSW Police Deputy Commissioner Gary Worboys also blasted the alleged assault.

“The behaviour is totally unacceptable,” he said. “No one, no one, would say that there is any reason to behave like that to any person let alone someone that is out there every single day helping us to get through what is a very challenging situation with the pandemic.”

Cumberland Police Area Command officers have released images of a man they would like to speak to who may be able to assist police with their inquiries.

The man in the images is described as being of Mediterranean/Middle Eastern appearance, aged in his 30s, about 165cm tall with a medium build.

He has black curly hair and two moles on his right cheek, and at the time of the incident he was wearing blue jeans and a grey top with black sleeves.

Police are also appealing for anyone who witnessed the assault, or has information about the identity of this man, to contact Cumberland police (02) 9897 4199 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.