Alleged one-punch attacker refused bail

A 20-YEAR-OLD man was refused bail at court hearing in Orange Local Court on Monday morning after he allegedly punched another man outside a house in Honeyman Drive, inflicting critical head injuries.

Karl Sibley was arrested in Cumnock on Sunday afternoon on charges of recklessly inflicting grevious bodily harm.

His alleged victim, a 19-year-old man, is fighting for his life in Westmead Hospital where, according to police, his condition has deteriorated.

Sibley's solicitor Matthew Savage on Monday applied for bail, saying his client's behaviour was out of character.

In his submission Mr Savage said his client was on a part disability pension because of his ADHD condition.

"His family are devastated," Mr Savage said, noting the accused's mother had spent Sunday night with her son in police cells.


Sibley had been visiting his family in Cumnock and doing casual farm work in the area.

Registrar Olivia Lee refused bail and stood the case over in Orange Local Court until Thursday.

However Mr Savage asked for his client to be granted a bail hearing in Wellington Local Court on Tuesday to minimise any time his client would spend in custody, which Registrar Lee granted.

The victim was stabilised at Orange Hospital on Sunday before being flown to Westmead for specialist treatment.

7.32am, MONDAY, JANUARY 27:

A MAN is in a critical but stable condition at Sydney's Westmead Hospital after an alleged attack at a house party in Orange on Saturday.

A 20-year-old man has been charged over the alleged assault in Honeyman Drive.

About 11:55pm on Saturday the victim man was at a house party when he was asked to leave the premises.

He was followed outside the home by a man who allegedly struck him once to the side of the head.

As a result of the assault the younger man was knocked unconscious and fell to the ground, where he struck his head on the road.

Police and NSW Ambulance Paramedics were called to the scene and the injured man was taken to Orange Base Hospital with serious head injuries.

He was later airlifted to Westmead Hospital where he underwent surgery and remains in a critical but stable condition.

Police from Canobolas Local Area Command conducted investigations into the assault and about 4pm on Sunday attended a house in Cumnock where they arrested a man from Bargara in Queensland.

He was taken to Orange Police Station and charged with recklessly inflict grievous bodily harm and refused bail to appear in Orange Local Court on Monday.

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