Mandurah: wire strung across track ‘clotheslines’ 7yo boy


Joel (7) and his injuries.
Joel (7) and his injuries.

ON Sunday night, Joel, an excited seven-year-old, came running home from the Mandurah train station after watching the West Coast Eagles play in Perth, to tell his mum his team had won.

In a spare block near the station, Joel was ‘clotheslined’ by a piece of wire strung across a track, according to his mum Tanya Purdy.

Ms Purdy would like to tell other parents what happened to Joel so the same thing does not happen to their children.

She would also like anyone who knows who put up the wire to get in touch with police.

Joel has extensive bruising around his throat, which was “very sore”.

According to Ms Purdy, Joel hit the wire “at full pelt, his legs flew into the air” and then he landed hard on his back.

Joel hit his head when he landed and was scared by the incident.

“I was totally shocked, upset and disgusted that someone had done this,” she said.

“Yes, there are people on motorbikes who ride through there regularly which is annoying. But if that is the reason behind doing this, then whoever did so needs to understand the danger.

“It could have killed someone.”

Ms Purdy called police, who attended the scene near Lewis Street and Wyeree Road.

Police said the wire at throat height seemed to have been removed, but they did observe remnant wire on a fence and other junk on the spare block.

Police will not be investigating.

Ms Purdy told police she would also be calling council to notify them of the incident.

The City of Mandurah has been contacted for comment.