Ugly moment western Sydney mayor is ‘attacked at a school polling booth by an enraged stranger’ in front of stunned volunteers
- Mayor of Cumberland Council allegedly attacked outside polling booth
- Steve Christou and 29-year-old man recorded in physical altercation
- The 29-year-old has been charged with common assault by police
A western Sydney mayor was allegedly set upon by a stranger at a polling booth in front of stunned volunteers and voters.
Ugly footage captured the moment the man, 29, allegedly attacked Cumberland City Council mayor Steve Christou outside a school in Merrylands during Saturday’s local council elections.
The footage, which was recorded by a witness on the lawn outside a polling station , shows Mr Christou in an orange shirt arguing with the man in grey at 5pm.
Steve Christou (pictured in orange), the mayor of Cumberland Council, was allegedly attacked by a man at a polling booth during Saturday’s local council elections
The man allegedly slaps Mr Christou in the face, before two volunteers separate the pair.
Another witness can be heard shouting ‘shame on you’ as the situation is diffused by two men in blue shirts.
Police were called and arrested the 29-year-old man at a business in Merrylands at 10pm on Saturday after an investigation into the alleged attack.
He was taken to Granville Police Station and charged with common assault. He has been granted conditional bail and will appear at Fairfield Court on January 12.
Mr Christou said he was ‘doing well’ and recovering at home after the alleged assault
Mr Christou said he was ‘doing well’ and recovering at home after the alleged assault.
‘I want to thank all the people concerned about my welfare after I was (allegedly) assaulted outside a polling booth at Merrylands Public School yesterday,’ he said in a statement on Sunday.
‘As this incident is under police investigation, I am unable to comment further on this matter, however, I will say that yesterday, we saw the ugly side of politics.
‘I think it is very sad indictment on where politics are going in Australia where we see election candidates, who have put themselves forward to serve the community, can be assaulted outside a polling booth.
‘This is not the Australia I know and love.
‘I look forward to the police findings.’
The pair had to be separated by volunteers after the alleged altercation broke out outside a Merrylands polling booth