A MAN has appeared in court following an alleged assault in Balgownie on Friday night.
About 5.10pm a 26-year-old man was approached by a 23-year-old man while walking along Ellengowan Crescent
Police have been told the pair became involved in an argument, before the younger man allegedly kicked the older man in the head, causing him to fall to the ground.
A nearby off-duty police officer witnessed the assault and arrested the younger man.
The older man was treated at the scene by paramedics, before being taken to Wollongong Hospital.
He sustained serious head injuries, including a fractured skull, as a result of the assault. He is believed to be in a serious but stable condition.
The 23-year-old Towradgi man was taken to Wollongong Police Station and charged with recklessly causing grievous bodily harm.