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Teen accused of assaulting rideshare driver 'protecting his intellectually disabled brother'

9News.com.au logo 9News.com.au 18/04/2021 Joe Attanasio
a person riding on the back of a car: Police have charged a 19-year-old old over the alleged assault of a rideshare driver in Sydney. © Nine Police have charged a 19-year-old old over the alleged assault of a rideshare driver in Sydney.

A second man has been charged over the alleged assault of a ride-share driver in Sydney's north west on Sunday.

A 19-year-old man was the first to be charged after allegedly assaulting the driver, which his father claimed was because he was protecting his 22-year-old brother, who was also in the vehicle.

The older brother is intellectually disabled and had been provoked by the driver, their father claimed to media on Sunday.

NSW Police said they responded about 3.10am to reports of a fight between two men on Nullabor Street, North Kellyville.

Officers found the ride-share driver unconscious in the street suffering a head injury.

"He had quite serious and significant head injuries on our arrival," NSW Ambulance Inspector Joseph Ibrahim said.

He was taken to Westmead Hospital where he's reported to be in a stable condition.

Police arrested and charged the teenage brother. Hours later the 22-year-old was also arrested at Castle Hill Police Station and charged with common assault and affray. He was given bail to appear at Parramatta Local Court on May 5.

9News understands the brothers and an 18-year-old woman were the only three passengers in the ride-share at the time. It is believed they booked the six-minute journey home from a birthday party.

a large jetliner sitting on top of a sign: Police investigate an alleged assault on a rideshare driver in Sydney. © Nine Police investigate an alleged assault on a rideshare driver in Sydney.

Along the journey, it is claimed there was an exchange of words between the 19-year-old and the driver. It is alleged the driver turned off from the allocated route and pulled over, where the argument allegedly turned physical.

"The Uber driver has decided to park himself in the area he chose and started a fight with my intellectually disabled son," the brothers' father, who has not identified, told media on Sunday.

Detectives are still investigating.

Anyone with information should contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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