Bail refused in abuse case
A 56-year-old Geraldton man accused of indecently dealing with a three-year-old child was refused bail in Geraldton Magistrate’s Court yesterday.
Magistrate Donna Webb ordered that the facts of the case not be read in open court, but later mentioned “the offence came to light because the child’s parents allegedly saw what was happening”.
The court heard the man had an extensive criminal record including 23 breaches of bail and two counts of escaping lawful custody.
In refusing bail, Ms Webb said she took into account the nature of the charge, the age of the child, the extent of the man’s record, and his “severe alcoholism”.
“I’m not satisfied there’s any condition I can put in place that would ensure his compliance with bail, that would ensure the protection of the community, and that would ensure the integrity of the court process,” she said.
Ms Webb also expressed concern about the “risk of retaliation” against the accused.
He will reappear in the same court on November 22.