A taxi driver and his children were left traumatised by an alleged racist rant hurled at them by a man threatening to ‘knife’ them in the face.
What stunned the Perth father of two even more was that no-one stepped in to help.
It happened outside an East Cannington bus stop as parents picked their children up from school late last week.
The alleged attacker can be heard holding up a stick and asking, “Who threw this?”, then: “Shut your mouth before I put a knife in your face. Do you understand?”
Shocked parents and students watched on as the man allegedly yelled racist abuse from his front garden in front of Surmail Singh’s children, aged four and six.
Surmail is grateful the bus pulled up so it didn’t escalate – but he says he is now too frightened to catch a bus again.
The alleged attacker’s family told 7 News they wanted to tell “his side of the story” but not until court proceedings are finalised.
Police have charged the man with threats to injure, endanger or harm a person, which carries a maximum prison sentence of up to 14 years.
He is also charged with being armed in a way that may cause fear.