A 45-year-old father has suffered permanent eye damage after his neighbour threw a bucket of chlorine over their shared fence on Sunday afternoon.
The man had been playing with his daughter only moments before he was hit.
An ambulance was called and he was rushed from his Hastings Parade home in North Bondi to the Sydney Eye Hospital. After receiving emergency treatment, he was classified as suffering severe permanent eye damage from chemical burns.
The neighbour, a 31-year-old, was taken into police custody and charged with grievous bodily harm by the use of corrosive fluid, and malicious damage. He was at home at the time of arrest.
A NSW Police spokesperson has confirmed police allege it was a deliberate act.
The Sydney Morning Herald reported there was an ongoing feud as a result of noise complaints between the father and the alleged attacker.
It was also reported the alleged attacker told police he had been using the chlorine to clean his house in preparation of moving out.
Chlorine’s chemical compounds make it an extremely potent form of bleach. It is also used as a weapon in chemical war skirmishes.
The neighbour has been released on strict conditional bail. He will appear at Waverley Local Court on March 30.
Click below to learn more about the dangers of chlorine in something as simple as the family pool.
Feature image via Google Street View