Man wanted over racist attack arrested in Gosnells

PIC: WA Police

Following a citizens arrest overnight, police have charged a man accused of trying to set a woman and her daughter on fire with a makeshift flamethrower.

On Saturday 20 February around 6:20pm, a 40-year-old woman and her teenage daughter were walking along Corfield Street between Verna Street and the Corfield Shopping Centre when a man approached them.

The man allegedly began to yell racial obscenities at the woman before spraying a can of deodorant in her direction.

He then reportedly lit the spray, turning the can into a makeshift flamethrower, and attempted to burn the women with the flame. 

Around 6:15pm last night, the 37-year-old man from Gosnells was detained by members of the public when they sighted him walking in the vicinity of Wilkinson Street wearing a red scarf with swastikas and other neo-Nazi images painted on it.

Detectives from the State Security Investigation Group have charged the man with one count of unlawful act or omission with intent to harm (endangering life, health or safety of any person) and conduct intended to racially harass.

He is due to appear before the Perth Magistrates Court today.

 

Gosnells Serious Assault Arrest WA Police with the assistance of members of the public apprehended a man in relation to an assault that occurred in Gosnells around 6.20pm on Saturday 20 February 2021. It will be alleged the man approached a 40-year-old woman and her teenage daughter who were walking along Corfield Street, between Verna Street and the Corfield Shopping Centre. It will be further alleged the man yelled racial obscenities at the woman before spraying a can of deodorant in her direction. He then lit the spray, turning the can into a makeshift flamethrower, and attempted to burn the woman with the flame. The 37-year-old man from Gosnells was detained by members of the public when they sighted him walking in the vicinity of Wilkinson Street in Gosnells around 6.15pm last night (24 February), wearing a red scarf with swastikas and other neo-Nazi images painted on it. They detained him and called police. Detectives from the State Security Investigation Group charged the man with: • Unlawful Act or Omission with Intent to Harm (endangering life, health or safety of any person); and • Conduct Intended to Racially Harass. He is due to appear before the Perth Magistrates Court today, 25 February 2021.

Posted by Western Australia Police Force on Wednesday, February 24, 2021

 

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