Charges af­ter OBH as­sault

Western Suburbs Weekly - - News -

A LEEMING man (32) has been charged with as­sault­ing a man (23) at Cottesloe’s Ocean Beach Ho­tel on March 20.

It is al­leged the man punched the vic­tim so hard that the vic­tim suf­fered a frac­tured eye socket, bro­ken nose, chipped tooth and bruis­ing.

“It will be al­leged that while the vic­tim was speak­ing to a woman, a man ap­proached him and with­out warn­ing may have head-butted his vic­tim,” Se­nior Sergeant Tony Booker said.

It will also be al­leged the vic­tim was then punched and fell to the ground, where he was punched sev­eral more times.

Sgt Booker said the vic­tim was putting a woman’s de­tails into his mo­bile phone when the al­leged at­tacker grabbed the phone.

The vic­tim grabbed back the de­vice and then re­ceived the first blow to his face.

“He is un­sure whether it was a head butt or a punch, but when he touched his face he looked at his hand and re­alised he was bleed­ing heav­ily,” Sgt Booker said.

Po­lice will al­lege he was then punched in the face and fell be­fore the at­tacker climbed on top of him and threw sev­eral more punches.

Ho­tel se­cu­rity ejected the al­leged at­tacker from the venue and gave the vic­tim first aid.

He went to Fiona Stan­ley Hos­pi­tal sev­eral days later when the se­ri­ous­ness of his in­juries was con­firmed and the in­ci­dent sub­se­quently re­ported to Cottesloe po­lice.

Af­ter ob­tain­ing CCTV from the ho­tel, po­lice ar­rested the al­leged at­tacker and charged him with as­sault oc­ca­sion­ing bod­ily harm yes­ter­day.

Po­lice will ask he be banned from all li­censed premises in WA when he ap­pears at Perth Mag­is­trates Court on May 23.

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