Bail re­fused in abuse case

Geraldton Guardian - - NEWS - Adam Poulsen

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.

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