Murder charge after alleged hospital rampage

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A furniture removalist has been charged with murder after allegedly punching and choking an elderly woman in the emergency department of a Sydney hospital.

Russel Lea man Richard Po Lun Lim was arrested after allegedly assaulting multiple people just before 3am at Bankstown Hospital on January 4.

Police allege the 29-year-old assaulted two women – aged 58 and 63 – before choking 80-year-old Samira Kamaleddine and hitting her head against a wall.

It’s understood she was the mother of the first two women and had no connection with her alleged attacker.

She spent five weeks fighting for her life before she died on February 9.

Mr Lim’s matter was heard in Burwood Local Court on April 3 where Magistrate Susan McIntyre was informed an additional charge of murder had been laid by police.

He had originally been charged with choking offences, causing grievous bodily harm with intent and assault occasioning actual bodily harm.

Magistrate McIntyre said the court had not been formally made aware of the new charge and told police it would need to be properly filed with the court registry.

“No, I definitely don’t have that one in front of me,” she said when asked if she had the charge.

The matter will return to Burwood Local Court on April 24.