A drunk who randomly attacked a disabled woman at Unanderra train station and called her ‘‘mentally challenged’’ has had his court case adjourned to seek placement in a rehabilitation facility.
Daniel Wayne Polley had drunk approximately 10 beers on January 9, when he lashed out at a woman with cerebral palsy, kicking her in the thigh and telling her ‘‘you are mentally challenged’’.
The unprovoked attack was one of a series of outbursts by the 33-year-old, who had been hurling abuse at passers by when the woman and her friend arrived at the station around 7pm.
Polley’s yells of ‘‘c***, bitch, slut’’ turned violent after the woman’s friend turned down his offer to sit with him on the train.
He then kicked the disabled woman, who has limited mobility in her left side and difficulty maintaining balance, to the left thigh.
By chance, the woman was holding her friend’s hand, which prevented her from falling over.
Polley later apologised to the victim after a train station manager intervened, before getting on a southbound train and continuing to hurl abuse at commuters.
He appeared in Port Kembla Local Court on Tuesday, charged with common assault and an unrelated drink-driving matter.
The court heard the Albion Park Rail man had a history of offences involving alcohol but was committed to seeking treatment for his problem at a rehabilitation facility.
Magistrate Mark Douglass adjourned the matter until July 7.