A man has been charged with serious assault after a 21-year-old was punched to the head several times during an argument, leaving him with critical injuries.
The victim was assaulted by two men on a Newcastle street early on February 8 after he and his friends became involved in an argument with them.
The 21-year-old has since stabilised but has serious injuries including hearing loss.
With the help of CCTV footage and following inquiries, police executed a search warrant at a home in Adamstown on Tuesday afternoon and arrested a man, also aged 21.
He was charged with assault occasioning grievous bodily harm and bailed to appear at Newcastle Local Court on March 8.