Victim bail key
A Geraldton magistrate has said she will not make a decision on a bail application for a 22-year-old man until she had heard from the victim of an alleged assault.
Marcus Neville Walsh appeared in Geraldton Magistrate’s Court last Thursday charged with two counts of aggravated common assault, criminal damage, breach of protective bail conditions and breach of bail undertaking.
It’s alleged at 9am on July 4 the victim was attempting to leave the house to visit her mother when Mr Walsh grabbed her by the arm.
Police then allege Mr Walsh punched her twice. A second incident occurred on August 7, when Mr Walsh allegedly pushed the same victim to the ground.
Magistrate Donna Webb said she would not contemplate a bail application without hearing from the victim.
“The application is not refused but we need more information,” she said.
The accused will appear in court again on August 28.