Man charged over alleged homophobic assault in Perth

Gay man Adrian Lea violently assault ed in Northbridge, Perth
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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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Jordan Hirst
Jordan Hirst

Jordan Hirst is an experienced journalist and content creator with a career spanning over a decade at QNews. Since 2012, the Brisbane local has covered an enormous range of topics and subjects in-depth affecting the LGBTIQA+ community, both in Australia and overseas. Today, the Brisbane-based journalist covers everything from current affairs, politics and health to sport and entertainment.

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