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12 February 2024, 3:06pm
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British national charged with assault at Melbourne Airport

A British national has been charged with the alleged assault of a man at Melbourne International Airport on 10 February, 2024.

The AFP responded to reports of a disturbance between two individuals in the airport’s carpark on Saturday afternoon.

Police will allege one man, 32, assaulted another man in the carpark before departing the airport precinct.

Follow up inquiries by the AFP, made with the assistance of Melbourne Airport staff and airline employees, identified the foreign national.

AFP officers formally interviewed the man on Sunday (11 February, 2024) where he was charged with:

  • Two counts of common assault, contrary to section 23 of the Summary Offences Act 1966 (Vic);
  • One count of behaving in an offensive manner in a public place, contrary to section 17 of the Summary Offences Act 1966 (Vic).

The maximum penalty for the assault offence is three months’ imprisonment.  

AFP Melbourne Airport Police Commander Stephen Cook said the AFP would not tolerate violent behaviour at airports.

“The AFP works very hard to ensure our airports are a safe environment for travellers and staff,” Detective Superintendent Cook said.

“The AFP has zero tolerance for violence and will prosecute anyone to the full extent of the law if they pose a threat to people’s safety.”

The British national is expected to appear at Broadmeadows Magistrates Court on 29 August, 2024.


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