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Alkimos man charged with punching AFP officer at Perth Airport

Photo: Screen grab from Perth Airport/Facebook video .

An Alkimos man has been charged with punching an Australian Federal Police officer in the head at Perth Airport after he allegedly failed to remove his hat.

Police will allege that on September 4, the 25-year-old man was asked to remove his hat by Australian Border Force officers to assist with identity verificatin check but he refused.

AFP officers at Perth Airport were called to assist with the incident and spoke to the man before he allegedly punched one officer in the head.

The man was arrested and charged with causing harm to a Commonwealth official, contrary to section 147.1(1) of the Criminal Code 1995 (Cth.).

The AFP officer was hospitalised after he sustained minor injuires including a cut to his chin.

The officer has since been discharged.

AFP Acting Airport Police Commander John Connoley said that there was no place for unruly and violent behavior towards police and other people working at the airport.

“This type of abhorrent behavior will never be tolerated and we will pursue individuals who do so to the full extent of the law,” he said.

“AFP and ABF members are among many people and agencies working to ensure the community can use the airport safely.

“As police, we struggle to comprehend situations where people actively try to prevent – and even harm – people doing their job to benefit the travelling public.”

 The man is due to face Perth Magistrates Court today.

Tex Reeks

Texas (Tex) Reeks is a video journalist and national award-winning news photographer. Reeks' dedication and commitment to local news media and telling stories has seen him build an extensive portfolio in Western Australia's news industry from a young age. Writing online stories and covering news events for Perth's mainstream media networks, Reeks, has covered and broken some of WA's biggest breaking news stories including shark attacks, police manhunts, plane crashes, major crime investigations, and major political incidents. Reek's interest and knowledge in criminology and policing results in his focus on crime and court stories.
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