She’s not the Messiah
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.