A man has been arrested after allegedly smashing windows at the entrance to Parramatta Local Court with a hammer last night.
Footage uploaded to social media showed the 52-year-old man wielding the hammer repeatedly into the windows of the Sydney courthouse before police attended the scene at 7.30pm.
The man laid down on the ground and surrendered to police after they approached him with tasers.
He later told police he had been drinking vodka.
The man was taken to Westmead Hospital for treatment for cuts to his hand. He is expected to be charged after undergoing a mental health assessment.
It is expected hearings will be significantly delayed throughout the day as significant repairs will need to be done to restore the damaged windows.
In a statement released to the media this morning, a NSW Justice spokesperson confirmed the courthouse will be open as normal and no sittings have been impacted.
Damage to the building is currently being assessed and broken glass panels will be replaced as soon as possible,” he said.
“Additional Sheriff’s officers will be located at the front of the courthouse this morning due to the damage.”
The incident is not being treated as a provoked attack.
NSW Police said investigations into the incident are continuing.
Detective Inspector Barry Vincent said the damage caused in such a short time was extensive.
“Certainly the risk that he posed to himself when you see some of the sheet glass falling he’s lucky to have escaped with the minor injuries ha he has,” he said.