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Woman hit on head at out-of-control party
Travis Thomas, left, owner of 102 Gibson Avenue, Padbury and his friend Jonathon French, who lives at the house, where police were called to an alleged out-of-control party overnight. Picture: Nic Ellis/The West Australian

Three people will face charges under the new out-of-control party legislation after a gathering in Padbury yesterday.

It is understood the party began around lunchtime with at least 40 people arriving at the Gibson Avenue home for a barbecue to celebrate a friend’s 30th birthday.

Around 11.30pm police were called to the house after reports of yelling and disruptive behaviour in the street.

When police arrived they said they observed bricks being thrown and a large number of people acting in a disorderly manner.

The party was declared an out-of-control gathering and over a loudspeaker, officers advised revellers to move away from the party.

Mounted police assisted officers from the regional operations group.

Party hosts Travis Thomas and Jonathon French said the three people charged under the new legislation were unfairly targeted because they were simply waiting to be picked up and did not want to move.

Mr French said two of the three were waiting across the road for a lift when police arrived and had flat phone batteries meaning they did not want to move for fear of missing the car.

Mr French said he supported the new legislation but felt it had been used on his friends so they could be made an example of and be put into the back of the new police ‘party bus’ which can hold up to 14 people at out of control parties or protest sites.

A 25-year-old Hillarys man, an 18-year-old Karrinyup woman and a 21-year-old Carine man were charged with fail to obey an order at an out of control gathering. The 21-year-old was also charged with obstruct a public officer.

They will appear in Joondalup Magistrate’s Court next year.

The party hosts said a woman, police say was hit in the head by an object while walking from the party was not a guest of theirs and might have been attending another party further down the road. She sustained minor injuries.

Police said inquiries were continuing.

The West Australian

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