Perth man lured to park on Grindr, then ‘beaten up’ by men yelling anti-gay slurs

Grindr, the gay dating app

A man from Perth was reportedly assaulted by a group of men in a park, after he was targeted on gay dating app Grindr.

The unnamed man had been talking to another Grindr user on the night of Friday July 20, and they agreed to meet up following their conversation, reports Out in Perth. 

The man reportedly then drove to their agreed location, but was lured into Bennett Park, which was nearby.

He was allegedly attacked by a group of young men, who shouted anti-gay insults at him, including calling the man a “fag” and accusing him of being a “pedo.”

The man was left with potential bone fractures on his face, a black eye, and bruises, according to Out in Perth.

The group also tried to steal the man’s wallet, but he managed to get away and escape in his car.

The violence is similar to a string of five attacks on gay and bisexual men in the city’s suburbs in 2017.

Following these attacks, James Joseph Katchan, 20, was given a six-year prison sentence, and Cody Parkinson, 19, was sentenced to two years in prison.

A man was lured into Bennett Park (pictured) on Grindr and attacked on Friday. (Google Maps)

In 2013, Perth resident Warren Batchelor was murdered after being attacked when he was having sex with another man in a public toilet in a park.

The perpetrators, Daniel Wade Taylor and Mark Jones, received life prison sentences for the killing.

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