She’s not the Mes­siah

Cockburn Gazette - - NEWS - Adam Poulsen

A GOD-FEAR­ING graf­fiti artist was caught red­handed af­ter an off-duty po­lice of­fi­cer saw her spray paint “Je­sus loves you” on a foot­path in Fre­man­tle’s CBD.

When Simone Monique Dupont sprayed the same mes­sage on a nearby brick wall mo­ments later, the of­fi­cer had his cam­era ready be­fore swoop­ing in for the ar­rest.

When he told the 37year-old she was be­ing filmed, Ms Dupont apol­o­gised and ex­plained that she had “got­ten ex­cited”, Fre­man­tle Mag­is­trate’s Court was told last Fri­day.

The in­ci­dent hap­pened about 4.35pm on July 23.

Dupont pleaded guilty to crim­i­nal dam­age was fined $400 plus court costs of $225.90.

She also spent a night in cus­tody and was or­dered to pay the City of Fre­man­tle $160.

FRIENDS of a Cooloongup doc­tor ac­cused of sex­u­ally as­sault­ing and com­mit­ting vi­o­lent of­fences against a wo­man known to him could be called on as wit­nesses.

Ken­neth Charles Lee, 43, is fac­ing 20 charges, in­clud­ing ag­gra­vated sex­ual pen­e­tra­tion with­out con­sent, ag­gra­vated in­de­cent as­sault and two counts of en­dan­ger­ing the life, health or safety of a per­son.

Dr Lee, who has pre­vi­ously pleaded not guilty to one count of ag­gra­vated as­sault oc­ca­sion­ing bod­ily harm, reap­peared in Fre­man­tle Mag­is­trate’s Court on Tues­day to face the re­main­ing 19 charges.

In­stead of en­ter­ing pleas to those of­fences – the bulk of which are al­leged to have oc­curred in North Fre­man­tle be­tween De­cem­ber 2018 and Septem­ber 2019 – Dr Lee’s lawyer re­quested a four-week ad­journ­ment with vari­a­tions to his bail con­di­tions.

Un­der the con­di­tions im­posed at his last ap­pear­ance on Septem­ber 8, Dr Lee is for­bid­den to con­tact or ap­proach pro­tected peo­ple, in­clud­ing the al­leged vic­tim and sev­eral of his own friends.

On Tues­day, the court was told that two of those friends – a man and a wo­man – owned prop­erty at the same com­plex where Dr Lee lives.

For that reason, Dr Lee’s lawyer asked that he be al­lowed to ap­proach within 100 me­tres of the pair when at­tend­ing strata meet­ings.

Pros­e­cut­ing Sergeant Jeff De­grussa did not op­pose the vari­a­tion, which was granted by Mag­is­trate Deen Pot­ter. Dr Lee’s lawyer told Mr Pot­ter he was “very sur­prised” to learn the prose­cu­tion in­tended to call on pro­tected per­sons as wit­nesses.

“It’s our un­der­stand­ing that th­ese peo­ple are friends of Mr Lee and aren’t wit­nesses,” he said.

He said at Dr Lee’s next ap­pear­ance he would ap­ply to have some pro­tec­tive con­di­tions re­moved al­to­gether, un­less the prose­cu­tion could pro­vide ev­i­dence that the pro­tected per­sons were in­deed wit­nesses.

Dr Lee’s bail, which was set at $2000 at a pre­vi­ous ap­pear­ance, was re­newed.

He is due to reap­pear in the same court on Oc­to­ber 20.

Pic­ture: Adam Poulsen

Ken­neth Charles Lee leaves Fre­man­tle Jus­tice Com­plex on Tues­day.

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