Perth man with swastika painted on his forehead wanted over random blowtorch attack
A man with a swastika painted backwards on his forehead has launched a bizarre racist attack on an innocent mother and her 15-year-old daughter in Perth.
Security footage captured the wanted man walking casually from a Gosnells shopping centre yesterday with a deodorant can and a gas lighter in his hands, and the Nazi symbol incorrectly painted above his eyes.
WA Police said he went on to use the two innocuous items as a makeshift blowtorch, blasting flames at a mother and her daughter, which he told them was because they were indigenous.
“The comments were that vile they don’t bear worth repeating,” Detective Senior Sergeant Sean Bell said.
The 40-year-old mother received minor burns to her arm, her daughter was not injured.
“Any assault on a mother and her daughter simply going about their lawful business trying to get something to eat for dinner is atrocious,” Senior Sergeant Bell said.
“But when you add in the racial element it’s certainly not tolerated by society and we treat it very seriously.”
It comes less than a week after police charged two Perth Neo-Nazis for planning an armed prison break. Police do not believe yesterday’s attack was sophisticated.