Perth Police have arrested and charged a 26-year-old man with a string of offences after an alleged homophobic attack on two men in Northbridge last weekend.
Adrian Lea (above) told Nine News shortly after midnight on Sunday morning, a group of men approached him and a friend, questioning them about their sexuality.
The group then allegedly set upon and bashed the pair. Lea suffered a fractured nose and said the attack continued until bystanders intervened.
“Both of them jumped on me and starting hitting me in the face,” he said.
“A lady came up to see if I was alright. I told her to help my friend because they were yelling out to kick him in the head.
“She stepped in between it and stopped it.”
Perth police charge alleged attacker with 12 offences
On Wednesday, WA Police alleged the two men were at the intersection of James Street and William Street just after midnight on Sunday morning when the stranger assaulted them.
“It will be further alleged a member of the public who was filming the incident was assaulted by the same man and an associate of his,” a spokesperson said.
Officers searched the man’s home in the Perth suburb of Mount Pleasant on Tuesday. In the house, police allegedly found several items including two firearms, ammunition, illicit drugs, and other drug paraphernalia.
WA Police have charged him with 12 offences, including three counts of assault occasioning bodily harm, two counts of possessing a firearm and failing to obey a police order.
“He was refused bail and is due to appear in Perth Magistrates Court today,” a spokesperson said.
Following the assault, an LGBTQIA+ community photo op is planned for April 22 at the Perth Cultural Centre in Northbridge.
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