Western Australian Man Charged with Aggravated Assault for Using Cable Ties to Restrain Children

A man from Western Australia has been charged with aggravated assault after reportedly using cable ties to restrain three children.

According to police, the man detained a six-year-old girl and two boys aged seven and eight after discovering them swimming on an empty property.

A circulated online video appears to depict two of the children tied up and crying.

State officials have expressed shock at the footage, while police have urged calm in the community.

Authorities stated that the 45-year-old man contacted them on Monday to report the incident in Broome, located about 2,000km (1,200 miles) north of Perth, claiming he had found the children in an "unoccupied pool."

Upon arrival, officers observed two children "physically restrained" with cable ties, and later located the oldest boy who had fled the scene, according to WA Police.

Paramedics assessed the two children at the scene, who were subsequently reunited with their families, authorities reported.

Police emphasized that the "force used to restrain" the children was disproportionate considering their age and vulnerability.

Jacqueline McGowan-Jones, the state's children's commissioner, expressed disturbance over the footage, highlighting the young age and apparent fear of the children involved.

The man has been granted bail and is scheduled to appear before the Broome Magistrates Court on March 25.

Recent government data indicates that Indigenous Australians aged 10-17 are 29 times more likely than non-Indigenous children to be in detention nationally. The minimum age of criminal responsibility in Western Australia is ten years old. 

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