Swan as­sault fall­out

Ellenbrook Advocate - - FRONT PAGE -

THE City of Swan is re­view­ing its pro­cesses to en­sure the safety of coun­cil­lors and staff af­ter Mayor David Lu­cas was as­saulted with a mi­cro­phone at a spe­cial elec­tors meeting on Mon­day night.

Chief executive Mike Foley said there were se­cu­rity guards at the spe­cial meeting, but the in­ci­dent had prompted a re­view of the City’s se­cu­rity pro­cesses.

“Although there was se­cu­rity present at the spe­cial elec­tors meeting, the City is re­view­ing its pro­cesses to en­sure max­i­mum safety of coun­cil­lors, staff and com­mu­nity mem­bers for fu­ture meet­ings,” he said.

A 67-year-old man was charged af­ter al­legedly as­sault­ing Cr Lu­cas with the mi­cro­phone when the meeting had closed.

The in­ci­dent hap­pened just be­fore 8pm in front of a crowd of 200 res­i­dents, who had met at the Mid­land Town Hall to dis­cuss the Mid­land Oval Re­de­vel­op­ment Plan.

Cr Lu­cas re­ceived a head in­jury as well as a knee in­jury dur­ing the in­ci­dent and was treated at St John of God Mid­land Pub­lic Hospi­tal.

Pa­trick Ir­win, from Save the Mid­land Oval group, said the man al­legedly re­spon­si­ble for the as­sault was not af­fil­i­ated with their group.

“I have emailed David Lu­cas with my sym­pa­thy, and cer­tainly have con­firmed to him that we have no knowl­edge of or affiliation with the per­son who at­tacked the mayor,” he said. “I also hope that this does not dis­tract from the valid points we made, as it is such a cru­cial is­sue for the fu­ture of Mid­land.”

The 67-year-old man will face Mid­land Mag­is­trates court on July 10.

Top: Swan Mayor David Lu­cas in the af­ter­math. Above: The al­leged at­tacker.

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