Thursday 29 September 2022 01:29 AM Aaron Patrick AFR columnist 'kicked a dog' outside Colombian Hotel and chased ... trends now
Newspaper columnist and author Aaron Patrick was chased down a Sydney street after allegedly kicking a dog outside a pub
An award-winning newspaper columnist and author was chased on foot for a block down a busy Sydney street after allegedly kicking a dog outside an inner-city hotel.
Australian Financial Review journalist Aaron Patrick has claimed he feared for his safety after an encounter with three strangers near the Colombian Hotel in Oxford Street, Darlinghurst.
Patrick had been walking past the pub when he became involved in an altercation with the owner of a dog and another man and woman, all three of whom were friends.
The dog, called Rosie, has been described as looking like a Pitbull or Staffordshire Bull Terrier.
What happened next will be established at a hearing next year but a court heard further allegations on Wednesday when police challenged a subpoena issued by Patrick.
The 52-year-old had sought the criminal records of the dog owner and his companions, as well as any communication between police and a media outlet.
In particular, Patrick wanted to know if the three witnesses had convictions for offences of dishonesty, violence or intimidation.
Australian Financial Review journalist Aaron Patrick has claimed he feared for his safety after an encounter with three strangers near the Colombian Hotel in Oxford Street, Darlinghurst. He is accused of kicking a dog described as looking like a Pitbull or Staffordshire Bull Terrier
After allegedly kicking a dog called Rosie outside a pub Patrick was chased down Oxford Street by the animal's owner and his friend until they detained him at this Chemist Warehouse on the corner of Riley Street
Downing Centre Local Court heard the Daily Telegraph had published a story on August 23 revealing Patrick had been charged with animal cruelty, nine months after the event.
Patrick's solicitor Trudie Cameron submitted the article contained information which was not then publicly available and questioned whether it had been supplied by police to tarnish her client's reputation.
Patrick is billed as the 'senior correspondent' for the AFR where he writes about politics and business from the paper's Sydney newsroom.
He has previously written for The New York Times, The Washington Post and Wall Street Journal, having started his journalistic career on Melbourne's Herald-Sun.
The journalist appeared on the court list charged under his full name, Aaron Odysseus Patrick. He has used the byline A. Odysseus Patrick when writing for foreign publications.
Odysseus is a legendary Greek king renowned for his intellect, guile and versatility and the hero of Homer's epic work The Odyssey.
The original Daily Telegraph story reported Patrick had been charged with kicking a dog on Oxford Street outside a hotel on the evening of Saturday, November 27.
Patrick, 52, a senior correspondent with the Australian Financial Review, was charged with animal cruelty after he allegedly kicked a dog. Patrick (above) has pleaded not guilty
On Wednesday it was revealed the clash occurred in broad daylight, about 3pm.
'The man was chased into a nearby business where he was detained by two men,' a police spokeswoman had said.
'Officers from Surry Hills Police Area Command attended and spoke with a 51-year-old man.
The journalist appears on the court list under his full name, Aaron Odysseus Patrick. Odysseus was a legendary Greek king (above)
'He was arrested and taken to Surry Hills Police Station where he was charged with commit an act of cruelty upon an animal.
'The North Sydney man was given conditional bail.'
Patrick had responded with his own brief statement identifying himself as