Police have charged a teenager over the death of a 60-year old man who was reportedly bashed and left for dead in Parramatta's Church Street mall during a night of violence in the city.
Pedestrians desperately tried to save the Valley Heights man, who was found lying unconscious in the Church Street Mall in Parramatta at 9.30pm on Thursday.
The critically injured man was taken to Westmead Hospital, where he was pronounced dead a short time later.
A police spokeswoman on Saturday confirmed that officers arrested a 17-year-old youth at a house in Constiution Hill late on Friday night and charged him with the 60-year-old’s murder.The accused teenager will face Parramatta Bail Court on Saturday.
A family member of the 60-year-old man claimed on social media that her relative had been bashed to the head. Another person who was at the mall said there were reports that someone had punched the victim.
That witness said she was walking home about 9.30pm on Thursday when she saw a group of people standing near the corner of Church and Macquarie streets.
She approached the group and saw two women "trying to resuscitate a man lying flat on the ground".
The man was bleeding heavily and the women were unable to save him, she said.
"The guy was bleeding badly - apparently some people saw someone punch him. Who punches an old man?" the woman wrote.
"I came around when the man was already on the ground, I didn't see the initial altercation."
Police believe the man was assaulted and have formed Strike Force O'Sullivan to investigate his death.
Police searched the mall on Thursday night, and have appealed for anyone with information about his death to come forward.
Detectives do not believe the man's death is linked to a stabbing in nearby George Street less than five hours later.
Police were called to George Street at 2am and found a 23-year-old man with stab wounds to his body. A second man had fled the area. The two men are believed to be known to each other.
Paramedics treated the man at the scene and took him to Westmead Hospital in a serious but stable condition.
Crime scenes were set up at both locations, and police have appealed for anyone with information about either incident to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.