Charge over CBD bashing

On his bed inside Sydney’s St Vincent’s Hospital Simon Cramp has woken to good news.
Nanjing Night Net

The man who allegedly king hit him in an unprovoked attack on George Street early on Sunday that left him in a coma has been charged with assault.

”Really? Great,” the 26-year-old telecommunications worker said groggily before drifting back to sleep.

For his family, who have been at his bedside for the past three days fearing the worst, the developments in the past 24 hours have been everything they hoped for.

Mr Cramp is out of his coma, has been moved out of the intensive care unit, is talking, joking and showing signs of his old self.

And his alleged attacker has handed himself in to police, been charged and will spend the night in custody before facing court on Wednesday.

”We’ve been on a rollercoaster,” Simon’s mother, Angela Cramp, said. ”We thought we were having the last day with our son on Sunday. Now he’s been released from intensive care. He’s on the road to recovery, not some horrible future that is not predictable.”

Mr Cramp was standing with two friends outside McDonald’s on the corner of George and Bridge streets just after 3am when he was king hit and fell to the ground.

On Tuesday Mr Cramp was moved from intensive care to a general ward where he will continue his recovery.

The breakthrough in the investigation came after detectives made public on Monday night security footage of three men they wanted to talk to about the assault. On Tuesday morning two of the men, aged 20 and 21, went to The Rocks police station for questioning but were later released pending further investigation.

The third man, 24, from Haymarket, turned himself in two hours later and after spending about 90 minutes with detectives was charged with causing grievous bodily harm and affray. He will appear in Central Local Court on Wednesday. The man’s solicitor said his client would fight the charges.

Acting Superintendent Anthony Bell said he expected others to be charged over the incident and that investigations were continuing.

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