Police call for calm
BAYSWATER Police officer-in-charge John Waghorn has urged the community not to take vigilante action after an alleged assault in Bayswater.
About 10.30pm on January 9, police attended a house on Langley Street, which had its window smashed for the third time in a week.
An hour later, officers returned to respond to an alleged assault on two men involving about eight children and a woman, believed to be their mother.
The group confronted one of the men, whom they believed was linked to a separate police investigation.
However, they realised they had confronted the wrong man and allegedly went on to attack the second man who saw the assault and was their real target.
Both men sustained injuries and were taken to hospital.
The woman was charged with disorderly conduct, refused bail and was scheduled to appear before court at a later date.
Senior Sergeant Waghorn said the woman was intoxicated and held a knife to one of the men’s throat.
“She was the person who instigated the confrontation with the wrong person… we will charge her with further offences,” he said.
“Clearly it is a vigilante type response.”
Sgt Waghorn said the investigation was ongoing and urged witnesses to come forward with information.
He said vigilantes ran the risk of becoming villains, as opposed to potential victims.
“The thrust of the police investigation should be allowed to continue unimpeded or without any obstruction and without any of this vigilante type action,” he said.
“Vigilante action could also result in the wrong person being assaulted and injured, as in this case.
“There is no place in the community for vigilante action.”