Ob­scen­ity charges ac­cused in tears at end of hear­ing

Joondalup Times - - NEWS -

A MAN who al­legedly com­mit­ted ob­scene acts in front of young teenage girls in Beldon last week has been re­manded in cus­tody and is be­ing as­sessed for suit­abil­ity for home detention bail con­di­tions.

The 47-year-old man faced Joon­dalup Mag­is­trates Court last Fri­day ac­cused of ob­scene acts in pub­lic and two counts of in­de­cent deal­ing with a child over 13 but un­der 16.

The Joon­dalup man has been in cus­tody since his ar­rest on Mon­day, Au­gust 21, and ap­plied for bail through his duty lawyer.

Pros­e­cu­tor Jas­mine Hawks op­posed bail be­cause po­lice were con­cerned the man had sud­denly es­ca­lated to the al­leged of­fences hav­ing had no pre­vi­ous record.

She said po­lice were still in­ter­view­ing nine fe­male youths.

The court heard he al­legedly com­mit­ted an ob­scene act in sight of a 16-year-old girl while sit­ting in his car in the Coles su­per­mar­ket carpark in Beldon about 8.15am on Au­gust 21.

About 8.20am, it is al­leged he was near Bel­ridge Se­nior High School when he com­mit­ted an ob­scene act with a win­dow down in his car in front of a group of girls, the youngest be­lieved to be 13.

After leav­ing the school area, he is ac­cused of pulling his car up next to a 14-year-old, who could see he was not wear­ing any pants.

He al­legedly com­mit­ted an ob­scene act in front of her while in his car.

The ac­cused was in tears by the end of the hear­ing.

He was not re­quired to plea and will reap­pear in Joon­dalup Mag­is­trates Court on Fri­day after his suit­abil­ity for home detention has been as­sessed.

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