ELDERLY residents and young families say they are fearful of retaliation after an attack with a samurai sword nearly severed a man’s wrist in Midland last Saturday.
The attack happened on Ferguson Street after the victim approached a group of people hooning on motorcycles near Warnock Park.
According to witnesses, the group left and later returned with the samurai sword.
No charges have been laid.
Henry Street resident John Cuthbertson said the otherwise quiet neighbourhood had recently been inundated with antisocial behaviour, motorcycle hooning and dogs loose in the streets, with the problems allegedly coming from one residence over the past six months.
“We’re all retired people,” he said.
“The guy across the road, he went on TV with his face hidden because he’s frightened to be identified, but I am not.
“I’m not scared of the bastards.
“I am 80 years of age, I came here to downsize, live close to the hospital for my wife and I don’t want to put up with this antisocial behaviour.”
Mr Cuthbertson said he had previously called police for similar hooning incidences but admitted identifying the offenders was difficult as they wore helmets.
“You get fed up with the noise but this was nearly a murder, he attacked him with a samurai sword,” he said.
“What do you do with the likes of them?”
Midland Police acting Officer In Charge Alicia Curchin said the homeowner and occupants of the residence in question were helping police with their enquiries.
“There is a house along that address that is known to police and detectives are in negotiation with the homeowner, who is not involved, nor is the tenant of the place that has been reported,” she said.
Midland MLA and Police Minister Michelle Roberts said Saturday’s attack was highly disturbing.
“I hope police charge someone and if found guilty that the punishment will fit the crime,” she said.
“It can’t reverse physical damage to someone, it can’t bring back a life or restore limbs, but I do expect to see severe punishment.”
Mrs Roberts said the public were encouraged to ring police rather than risk their own safety and step into a possible violent situation.
“The clear message from police is to call 131 444 and report it to police and let police enforce the law,” Mrs Roberts said.
“I understand people often get frustrated and they’re trying to be good citizens but unfortunately there are people who can be mentally unwell or drug effected so I urge people to be cautious about approaching someone acting in a threatening manner.”
Anyone with information can call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or visit www.crimestopperswa.com.au
By Claire Ottaviano