A 62-year-old man has been charged for tampering with a lube dispenser at a gay and bisexual sex club.
The man allegedly replaced the contents of a lube dispenser with hydrochloric acid in Rydalmere’s Aarows club in Bridge Street. Apparently, since incidents like this one have taken place before, sensor alarms have been installed in the room to alert authorities of any tampering taking place.
Hydrochloric acid burns can cause irreversible damage, and even be fatal. It is highly corrosive and burns on contact.
The man, who was not publicly named, has been charged with entering a building with intent to commit an indictable offense, administering poison intending to injure or cause distress or pain, malicious damage and driving while suspended.
Fortunately, no serious injuries from the incident were reported, and the man has been granted conditional bail. He is due to appear at Parramatta Local Court on September 20.
The club has so far refused to answer any questions.
This is not the first time Aarows has found itself in limelight. In 2013, an attempted shooting in the club’s carpark took place, where an extremist known as Milad Bin Ahmad-Shah Al-Ahmadzai along with another man tried to murder Michael Rooke. Footage from CCTV cameras showed Rooke desperately trying to open the club’s door, soon after which he collapsed inside. Although Rooke was hurt in the torso, groin, live, ankle and lungs, he fortunately survived the attack.
Intentions behind the recent incident are not publicly known yet, although it could be a hate crime against the LGBT community.