A man has been arrested after he allegedly used a Bible to attack an ex-boyfriend.
Key points:The 52-year-old has been charged with assault with intent to cause grievous bodily harmPolice allege the victim was attacked by the man in a park in Sydney’s north last weekThe man is a former Catholic priest who has been a chaplain for about four yearsMr Smith was arrested on Monday at the New South Wales Police Station.
He has been released on bail pending further inquiries.
The 52 year-old man was arrested at the Sydney Police Station on Monday after he was allegedly assaulted by the victim.
Police allege Mr Smith was “tortured” with a Bible in the park at a busy intersection in Sydney.
“The man said he was a Catholic priest and had a long history of physical and sexual abuse of children and that his family had suffered because of it,” Detective Superintendent Andrew Wilson said.
“This assault occurred in a quiet, residential area where it was not expected a large number of people would be present.”
At no point during the assault did the victim tell police he was assaulted.
“Mr Smith is a retired Catholic priest.
He was an assistant chaplain to a Catholic school in the suburb of South Yarra in the mid-2000s and has worked in counselling for about two years.”
He has received abuse over the years and he is extremely remorseful for what he did,” Detective Inspector Wilson said in a statement.”
His family is in tears.
He has apologised to his family and the community for his actions.
“We are asking for the public’s help in identifying this man, and we would like to speak to him directly.”
The victim has not been identified.
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