A MAN has been charged with criminal damage this week after a senseless attack on a group of beehives in Mundaring in January.
John Enkelmann from Westlands Honey was devastated earlier in the year to find millions of his honey-producing bees destroyed by someone sealing up his hives with expander foam and pouring diesel into them.
The act, which took place at Beelu National Park, all but destroyed his livelihood and left him frustrated and confused over the perpetrator’s motivations.
“Understanding what could possibly motivate someone to do this is the hardest part,” he said at the time.
Now police have arrested a 44-year-old Mundaring man who has been charged with the offence.
“It will be alleged he damaged 96 bee hives, causing the death of 44 colonies at an Apiarist site in Mundaring,” a police spokesperson said.
The man is due to appear in Midland Magistrates Court on Friday, April 1.
The news came as a relief to Mr Enkelmann and his wife and business partner Laura.
“Massive thank you to the Mundaring police for all the work they have put in to find the person responsible,” they said in a statement to Echo News.
“We would like to thank the local Mundaring community for their support which has been so heartening after such a devastating experience.
“We would also like to thank the beekeeping community who really rallied around us and helped with getting us back up and running again.”
By Rebecca Peppiatt