A great grandfather in Perth’s southwest has been left with horrendous face injuries after reportedly being brutally assaulted by a boy only eight years old.
Peter, 91, was seated in the passenger seat of his friend’s car near Val Street near Rockingham at approximately 9:00 p.m. on the evening of the incident. It is alleged that the child unlocked the vehicle door and struck Peter multiple times in the head.
Peter made many attempts to shut the door, but he was unable to do so before the 37-year-old man reportedly continued to punch him in the head multiple times. Peter was able to identify the attacker.
Peter and his companion hurried away from the scene before he could be taken to Rockingham Hospital to be treated for his injuries.
According to the information provided by the authorities, both the adult and the child were unknown to the victim, and there was no history of interaction between them.
When Peter’s family reported that he was leaving the Cruising Yacht Club to go home after “a wonderful night out with pals,” the claimed violent assault was occurring simultaneously.
“There was no warning that the assault was about to take place. No previous interaction or conversation between him and the people who assaulted him. He had never seen them before,” his daughter Debbie said in a statement.
Debbie asserted that Peter had become more careful due to the occurrence and that he initially did not want to go out with his friends again.
On the 20th of August, the perpetrator of the attack appeared in the Perth Magistrates Court, where he was subsequently denied bail.
The age of criminal responsibility in Western Australia is ten years old, hence the boy who was only eight years old was not charged with a crime.