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Man charged with attempted murder following hotel attack

A man has been charged with attempted murder after he allegedly bashed a young woman with a sledgehammer in a five-star Sydney hotel.

Matthew Donaldson was found hiding in bushland in the Blue Mountains yesterday after allegedly bludgeoning a 25-year-old woman at the Primus Hotel in Sydney on Tuesday night.

Police allege the woman was left unconscious and covered in blood. She remains in an “extremely serious but stable condition” in the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital.

Matthew Donaldson has been arrested over an alleged hammer attack in the Sydney CBD. (9News)
Acting Superintendent Paul Dunstan provides an update on the arrest of Matthew Donaldson, 41, accused of bashing a woman with a sledgehammer inside the Primus Hotel. (9News)

“It’s going to be a very, very long road to recovery for that lady,” Acting Superintendent Paul Dunstan said.

The 41-year-old was charged with five offences this afternoon, including attempted murder, grievous bodily harm and possessing a loaded firearm.

Police allege the man was in possession of the gun during the attack.

Officers said he led police to the weapon today.

The pistol police allegedly found in Matthew Donaldson’s backpack. (NSW Police Force)

“This morning he accompanied us on a search and in the company of police led us to a backpack containing a loaded firearm, pistol, which police allege he had during the offence at Pitt Street,” Mr Dunstan said.

Mr Donaldson was found 500 metres from Lapstone train station in lower Blue Mountains after police and sniffer dogs battled “horrible” conditions to locate him.

Police also raided a Kingswood property yesterday and allegedly seized knives, ammunition and other weapons.

Mr Donaldson was refused bail and will appear in court tomorrow.

Police searching for man responsible for Sydney hotel assault. Last need at Lapstone station in the Blue Mountains. (9News)

Source: 9News | World News

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