Police arrest 26-year-old man in relation to Gosnells bashings

Update: 03-04-21 20:45 Police have charged a 26-year-old man in relation to the bashing offences.

Tyler Dean Borinelli appeared in Northbridge’s Magistrate’s Court today charged with two counts of intent to cause grievous bodily harm, as reported in The West Australian.

His arrest follows reports of two men being lured to a Gosnells building site via an online messaging app.

Police told the court that Borinelli had allegedly beaten the first man on March 22nd before stealing his phone and possessions worth $850.00.

Police allegedly found 9.33g of methamphetamine, 600g of cannabis and $7800 in cash at his home. He was additionally charged with drug possession with intent to sell, and possession of stolen or unlawfully obtained cash.

He will reappear in Armadale Magistrate’s Court on 23rd April. Borinelli was remanded in custody.

Armadale Detectives have confirmed that they are investigating two serious assaults that are linked to the use of an online messaging application. Police have not revealed which application was involved in the crimes.

Both victims, a man in his 40s, and a man in his 50s, communicated with someone via the same messaging application and arranged to meet at an address in Gosnells.

Around 1:00am Monday 22 March 2021 and 3am 29 March 2021, the victims attended the address in Margaret Street. The house was under construction and there were several men there.

In each instance the victims were assaulted.

One of the victims has shared his experience with 7News and The West Australian

The man said he was hit the head by a baseball bat after being ambushed at a construction site. “His bat was right behind his neck and then he took a good swing at me and hit me on the side of the head,” the 57-year-old said.

Following the attack he spent four nights in hospital suffering a broken jaw, fractured skull and bleeding on the brain.

“The first guy … when I saw him, he did say… ‘we’re going to teach you a lesson’,” the victim said.

Police have confirmed that the man attacked on 22nd March also suffered multiple injuries.

Anyone who saw any suspicious activity in Margaret Street at the time of these attacks, has dash-cam footage of the area at the time or has any information is asked to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or report online at www.crimestopperswa.com.au. Anyone who been a victim of a similar attack is also encouraged to contact police.

Police have also reminded the public it is important to be vigilant when it comes to personal safety and the risks associated with meeting strangers in isolated areas after engaging with them. More information and advice is available here.

Update: 3/04/21 10:30am WA Police have confirmed to OUTinPerth the app in question was not Grindr, but have not indicated a specific app or platform being used in the attacks. We have updated the title of this article, changing “dating app” to “messaging app”, to reflect the message sent by WA Police. 

OIP Staff

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