Man charged over abusive behaviour at Perth Airport

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A 45-year-old man was charged yesterday for his abusive and aggressive behaviour at the Perth Airport.  

Australian Federal Police (AFP) officers were called to the Perth Domestic terminal, yesterday (3 January 2018) after staff alerted the AFP about a disturbance involving a 45-year-old man.

The man had been offloaded from a plane bound for Brisbane, Queensland due to his aggressive and intoxicated state.  

After speaking with the man, airport police asked him to leave the airport and he refused. He continued to swear and abuse the police officers, and was subsequently arrested.

The man was escorted from the terminal and was later charged with:

  • Obstruct Public Officer, contrary to section 172 (2) of the WA Criminal Code;
  • Disorderly behaviour in a public place, contrary to section 74A (2) of the WA Criminal Code; and
  • Trespass, contrary to section 70A (2) of the WA Criminal Code.

AFP Acting Manager Aviation, Superintendent Andrew Donoghoe said abusive behaviour would not be tolerated at airports or on aircraft.

“Authorities have zero tolerance for abusive and aggressive behaviour in airports or on aircraft. We need to treat each other the way we want to be treated, with respect,” Superintendent Donoghoe said.

“During this peak holiday travel season, with many families travelling, the AFP is urging people to consider their alcohol intake, consider their fellow travelers and consider if their behaviour is appropriate.”

The man was bailed and will next appear at the Perth Magistrates Court on 23 January 2018.


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