Man charged over racist, anti-Semitic posters in Sorrento, Marmion, Watermans Bay, Carine Senior High School

Daryna ZadvirnaThe West Australian
Police launched an investigation after the discovery, and released CCTV footage of a suspect while appealing for information from the public.
Camera IconPolice launched an investigation after the discovery, and released CCTV footage of a suspect while appealing for information from the public. Credit: WA Police

A 23-year-old man charged over “vile” anti-Semitic posters plastered around Perth’s northern suburbs has been described as a “violent extremist” by police.

The man was arrested earlier this week after State Security Investigation Unit launched a major probe into the two dozen posters spotted in the Sorrento, Marmion and Watermans Bay areas in May.

The posters — which depicted racist imagery that is hostile towards Jewish people — were also put up at the Carine Senior High School but removed before children arrived for class.

Acting Det-Sen. Sgt Todd White said while he could not reveal what was pictured, the imagery was “vile” and “violent”.

“Given the nature of the posters we held grave concerns that this person held violent extremist ideology and was a violent person,” he said.

“These posters concerned members of the community and that’s why we took it so seriously.”

Sgt White said his detectives were satisfied that the accused was working alone and was not affiliated with any violent extremist groups, but had a strong message for those with the same views.

“Racism has absolutely no place in our community

“This type of behaviour has no place in our community.

“We do not let these types of serious crimes fall off our radar.”

Police launched an investigation after the discovery, and released CCTV footage of a suspect while appealing for information from the public.
Camera IconPolice launched an investigation after the discovery, and released CCTV footage of a suspect while appealing for information from the public. Credit: WA Police

Detectives allegedly seized items “consistent with the posters” and “other supporting material” during a raid of the accused’s Balcatta home.

The man was charged with two counts of conduct intended to racially harass and one count of trespass.

He is set to face Perth Magistrates Court on Friday.

During the investigation police released CCTV footage of a suspect while appealing for information from the public.

He was pictured wearing blue shorts and a long sleeve top, with a grey hat and shirt covering his face, carrying a backpack on the front of his body.

Later that month police released a composite image of the suspect and revealed the man putting up the posters was last seen riding away on a bicycle along Beach Road.

“We will not stop until this person and their actions have been addressed,” Acting Det-Sen. Sgt White said at the time.

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