Police want information after man suffers serious burns in Willetton prank

The scene of the incident in Willetton.
The scene of the incident in Willetton.

A WILLETTON teenager says he is lucky to still be able to walk after his legs were slashed and burnt by a wire strung up between two poles.

Heath Prince (17) was driving north on Pinetree Gully Road shortly after midnight on December 29, when he saw a steel cable across the road near Panamuna Drive.

He applied his brakes heavily, however he made slight contact and got out of his vehicle to attempt to remove the cable, which was attached between a power pole and a no standing sign.

Another vehicle approached the scene and collided with the cable, causing it to detach from the power pole and strike the teenager across both of his legs.

Mr Prince described the incident as “agonising” and was initially unable to walk in the aftermath.

“I’ve come off on motorbikes and this was nothing like that; I felt like I’d just lost my legs,” he said.

“I called my dad because I couldn’t walk, I had to get picked up and taken home. I couldn’t even drive, I couldn’t walk, I had to get carried to the car.”

Despite the initial shock, Mr Prince said he was just thankful no one had been more seriously hurt.

“The people who hit it, the whole front of their car was destroyed. I’ve been told I’ve been lucky I didn’t lose my legs, I’m glad I’m still here today,” he said.

“The only damage was to me and the car. The front of their car, both headlights were smashed in and the front bumper was quite destroyed.

“I’m just glad I still have my legs and they’re not deep cuts, they’re just raw burns.”

Detective Senior Constable Hayley Worland said they were treating the incident seriously.

“This incident is extremely dangerous, the victim is just lucky to escape with the injuries he did,” she said.

“Had a motorcyclist been the one to hit the steel cable, it could have caused serious injuries or death.

“An act like this is not simply a silly prank, serious injury could have been caused to this victim.”

Two people were seen running across Burrendah Park towards the Willetton District Cricket Club, both wearing grey hooded jumpers.

The second vehicle stopped and remained with Mr Prince for some time, before departing.

Police have asked for the driver and occupants to come forward, as they consider them victims of the incident.

They were described as dark-skinned and the vehicle was described as a possibly grey-coloured Volkswagen sedan or similar.

Police believe the incident was linked to a damage and stealing incident that occurred at the nearby Willetton District Cricket Club on the afternoon of December 28, when the cable used in the above incident was stolen.

Anyone with information about this incident or has dash cam footage from the area around the time of the incident are asked to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or make an online report at www.crimestopperswa.com.au.