Controversial Western Australian senator Rod Culleton has been seriously assaulted and hospitalised allegedly by a former Western Australian politician.
A spokesman for Senator Culleton told Cairns News the assailant attacked the senator from behind, knocking him and a companion to the concrete footpath outside the Perth Magistrates Court.
The assailant, aged 52, was known to the senator and had been ‘annoying’ him for some time, the spokesman said.
Senator Culleton has been admitted to the Perth Hospital for observation and to undergo X-rays for a suspected fractured wrist.
Sources claim the assailant had been a Liberal member of the Western Australian Legislative Council representing the Agricultural Region from 2005 to 2009.
Senator Culleton has filed an appeal against his bankruptcy handed down in the Federal Court before Christmas.