Shocking details emerge about a man ‘pouring petrol’ over a one-year-old girl in Wollongong
Disturbing details emerge about how a man ‘poured petrol’ over a one-year-old girl during an argument with her grandmother’: ‘Let her go blind’
- Tony McEwan, 41, has been charged with alleged assault in Wollongong
- He allegedly poured gasoline on a one-year-old girl and assaulted her grandmother
- The grandmother is said to have been hit on the head with a glass during the incident
- He was denied bail in court on Wednesday – he will reappear on November 28
A man accused of dousing a toddler with gasoline reportedly yelled “let her go blind” and assaulted her grandmother as she tried to wash the poisonous substance from the little girl’s eyes, a court has heard.
Tony McEwan, 41, was arrested just after 8pm on Tuesday at a home in Mount Saint Thomas in Wollongong after allegedly assaulting a one-year-old and her grandmother.
He was later charged with three counts of habitual assault, destroying or damaging property, and stalking or intimidating any person with intent to cause fear of bodily harm.
McEwan, who appeared via a video link, pleaded not guilty to the crimes in Wollongong local court on Wednesday, saying “he loved the girl like a granddaughter”.
Tony McEwan, 41, (pictured) was facing the Wollongong local court on Wednesday, charged with five offences
The court heard that McEwan was said to have gone to a methadone clinic appointment on Tuesday morning and bought Rivotril tablets – an epilepsy drug – from a stranger.
He then reportedly returned to the house, where the grandmother, 48, who knew McEwan, was with her granddaughter.
McEwan then reportedly started yelling at the woman about where his coffee was, offering to make him one before dozing off into “micro naps.”
He then eventually woke up and accused the woman of stealing his property and then reportedly started smoking some crack.
The grandmother left with the little girl so she wouldn’t be exposed to drugs, but when the couple returned around 8pm later, McEwan began accusing the grandmother of taking his crack pipe and pills.
‘I’m going to kill you, I’m going to kill you’, he is said to have said, The Daily Telegraph reports.
The court heard that McEwan was arrested at around 8 p.m. Tuesday at a property in Mount Saint Thomas (suburb pictured)
The grandmother fled to another room with the toddler and used a stroller to barricade them inside and tell McEwan she was going to call the police.
After kicking in the door, McEwan reportedly grabbed a glass brown bottle filled with gasoline and poured it over the victims while calling the grandmother a “f***ing s***.”
‘Please do not’ [my granddaughter] is here. Please don’t throw it at her,’ cried the grandmother.
“I don’t give a f*****, let her go blind,” McEwan said, according to court documents.
The grandmother rushed to wash the little girl’s face, but McEwan allegedly hit her on the back of the head with a glass bottle as she told her “you’re going to die.”
The woman managed to escape to a nearby building where she called the police.
When police arrived a short time later, they smelled gasoline and found McEwan “argued and aggressive.”
He was arrested at the house where officers also noticed he had “slurred speech.”
McEwan’s attorney Elizabeth Logan told the court that her client suffered a brain injury in his 1920s after falling from a balcony after appearing agitated during Wednesday’s hearing.
The court (pictured) heard that McEwan verbally abused the grandmother after smoking crack
Magistrate Greg Elks has ordered that McEwan be taken into custody to appear in court again on Nov. 28.
The grandmother tried to barricade the door with a pram, but the man forced his way in and poured gasoline on the child.
When the grandmother tried to wash the fuel off her daughter’s face, police claimed the man then hit a glass on her head.
The grandmother and daughter managed to flee the house and call the police.
The one-year-old was treated by paramedics and did not require hospitalization.
The man was charged with triple assault, destruction or damage to property and stalking or intimidation with intent to cause fear and bodily harm.