A teen armed with a meat cleaver has allegedly struck a woman and then charged at a neighbour in Sydney’s west on Christmas Day.
The 17-year-old girl allegedly attacked an older woman at a unit in Parkside Lane, Westmead just after midnight, police say.
She then allegedly turned on a female neighbour who had heard screams and rushed to help.
“Police have been told a neighbour entered their unit after hearing the older woman’s cries for help,” NSW police said in a statement.
“She was chased outside by a 17-year-old girl, who was allegedly armed with a meat cleaver.
“Another witness found the older woman a short time later in the garden with multiple injuries.”
The injured woman was taken in a serious condition to Westmead Hospital after sustaining multiple injuries.
Police believe it was a domestic violence-related assault.
The teen was arrested and “has been taken for assessment,” police said.
A meat cleaver was seized at the scene and was being forensically examined.