An 11-year-old boy has been charged over the “cowardly” bashing of a 69-year-old grandfather in Perth, with police working to identify two other juveniles they say can assist the investigation.
The victim was spat on and punched to the ground outside his home on Ashburton St in Bentley, in the city’s south, about 6pm on Monday, January 5, WA Police allege.
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“All three males then punched and kicked the man multiple times before leaving the scene,” authorities said.
The alleged victim suffered multiple injuries, including severe swelling to his face, bruising and cuts in his mouth, and was taken to hospital for treatment.
The incident allegedly followed an argument between the group and the man after he spotted the trio throwing rocks at a neighbouring property under construction.
A 69-year-old man was allegedly bashed after confronting a group outside his Bentley home. Credit: WA Police
On Thursday, Cannington Detectives charged a Bentley child, 11, with acts or omissions causing bodily harm or danger.
The boy is due to appear in Armadale Children’s Court on Friday.
Detectives are working to track down two other males they believe can assist their investigation.
They are believed to be juveniles, and police said they are “throwing every resource” at locating them.
Authorities say the 11-year-old boy is not assisting their inquiries.
“These types of acts are cowardly and abhorrent, and the victim’s extremely lucky in this case not to have any lifelong injuries as a result of this assault,” acting senior sergeant Grant Winslow said.
“Violence of this nature is not going to be tolerated in the community, and we will take every step to catch these people.”
Premier Roger Cook said he had seen a video of the alleged assault, and it was “disgusting”.
“It’s sickening, absolutely sickening,” he said on Thursday.
“If he’s guilty of those particular crimes, I hope they throw the book at him.”
Anyone with information should contact police.
– With AAP