Work ban on broth­ers

Joondalup Times - - NEWS - Mark Don­ald­son

BROTH­ERS ac­cused of sex­u­ally as­sault­ing fe­male pa­tients while work­ing at a natur­opath clinic in Marmion have been granted bail but are banned from prac­tis­ing.

West Coast Nat­u­ral Ther­apy Clinic own­ers Ro­drigo An­dres Bas­cu­nan Cabr­era (40) and Mauri­cio Ignac Bas­cu­nan Cabr­era (36) ap­peared in Joon­dalup Mag­is­trates Court on Thurs­day, Au­gust 2, in po­lice cus­tody.

The sib­lings’ part­ners at­tended the hear­ing in sup­port.

Mauri­cio Cabr­era has al­ready fronted court on 11 charges of as­sault and is now fac­ing 30 new charges in re­la­tion to 25 women.

The Edgewater res­i­dent is ac­cused of two counts of sex­ual pen­e­tra­tion with­out con­sent and 28 counts of un­law­ful as­sault be­tween 2008 and 2017.

He had pre­vi­ously been al­lowed to con­tinue prac­tis­ing while un­der su­per­vi­sion but Mag­is­trate Gre­gory Benn banned him from do­ing so as part of his bail con­di­tions.

His lawyer said up un­til the hear­ing he had seen a “small num­ber of pa­tients” su­per­vised at his home but had not worked at the clinic since his ini­tial charges ear­lier in the year.

Mr Benn said he had now banned him from prac­tis­ing be­cause of a large num­ber of com­plainants and the ex­tended pe­riod of the al­leged of­fend­ing.

He was granted bail on $10,000 surety and per­sonal un­der­tak­ing.

He was not re­quired to plea to the 30 new charges, but has al­ready pleaded not guilty to his ini­tial 11 charges.

He is due back in court on Septem­ber 7.

Ro­drigo Cabr­era is fac­ing eight charges: four counts of sex­ual pen­e­tra­tion with­out con­sent and four counts of un­law­ful as­sault, al­legedly com­mit­ted be­tween 2012 and 2017 on six women.

The Palmyra res­i­dent was also banned from prac­tis­ing and granted bail on a $50,000 surety and per­sonal un­der­tak­ing.

He was not re­quired to plea.

He is due in court on Septem­ber 5.

The broth­ers, who are of Chilean de­scent, are not al­lowed within 2km of Perth in­ter­na­tional or do­mes­tic air­ports.

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