Two men ‘assaulted’ at Perth Airport

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Two men were allegedly attacked by an unknown assailant in a violent and unprovoked attack in an airport terminal.

The alleged incident occurred at Perth Airport around 6am on Thursday, with a man being detained by witnesses until police arrived.

According to police, a 22-year-old man was sitting in the domestic terminal when the 29-year-old alleged attacker walked past and punched him twice on the back of the head.

A few minutes later, he allegedly returned to the same spot, punched a 26-year-old man in the face, grabbed him and pushed him against a wall.

Three men, including the 22-year-old who had allegedly been hit earlier, rushed to the 26-year-old’s aid.

While trying to detain the defendant, the 22-year-old is said to have received a blow to the chin, which caused a cut that required stitches.

A short time later, officers from the Australian Federal Police arrived and spoke to the accused, other travellers and witnesses.

The 22-year-old received first aid at Perth Airport.

The second man allegedly attacked did not require medical attention.

During a search of the 29-year-old’s luggage, the police allegedly found two bottles of anabolic steroids.

The man from the town of Manjimup in the south-west of Western Australia was arrested and charged with assault, simple assault and possession of prohibited drugs (steroids).

Police denied him bail and he was due to appear in Perth Magistrates Court on Thursday.

AFP Perth Airport manager Peter Hatch said violent behaviour at airports would not be tolerated.

“The AFP works closely with the industry to ensure our airports are a safe environment for travellers and staff,” he said.

“The AFP has zero tolerance for anti-social, violent or dangerous behaviour and will prosecute anyone who poses a threat to the safety of others.”

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