Ac­cused can work again

Joondalup Times - - NEWS - Tyler Brown

BROTH­ERS ac­cused of sex­u­ally as­sault­ing fe­male pa­tients while work­ing at a natur­opath clinic in Marmion are al­lowed to go back to work.

For­mer West Coast Nat­u­ral Ther­apy Clinic own­ers Ro­drigo Bas­cu­nan Cabr­era (40) and Mauri­cio Bas­cu­nan Cabr­era (36) ap­peared in Joon­dalup Mag­is­trates Court on Wed­nes­day to re­quest their bail con­di­tions be changed to al­low them to prac­tise again.

Mauri­cio, of Edge­wa­ter, first fronted court on 11 charges of un­law­ful and in­de­cent as­sault and then again in Au­gust on an­other 28 counts of the same as­sault and two counts of sex­ual pen­e­tra­tion with­out con­sent, al­legedly com­mit­ted be­tween 2008 and 2017.

He was first al­lowed to con­tinue prac­tis­ing while un­der su­per­vi­sion but af­ter the sec­ond set of charges, was banned com­pletely.

Ro­drigo, of Palmyra, is fac­ing four counts of sex­ual pen­e­tra­tion with­out con­sent and four counts of un­law­ful and in­de­cent as­sault, al­legedly com­mit­ted be­tween 2012 and 2017, and was also banned from prac­tis­ing.

Ap­pear­ing to­gether on Wed­nes­day, the broth­ers’ lawyers re­quested they be al­lowed to re­turn to work be­cause the fam­i­lies were ex­pe­ri­enc­ing fi­nan­cial dif­fi­cul­ties.

They sug­gested their prac­tice could be lim­ited to male pa­tients only, with all al­le­ga­tions re­lat­ing to just fe­male pa­tients, mean­ing there would be no risk to men be­ing treated.

The po­lice pros­e­cu­tor said they would op­pose all changes to the bail con­di­tions.

She said vic­tims were still com­ing for­ward, with one be­ing spo­ken to as re­cently as Mon­day.

Mag­is­trate Deen Pot­ter asked the broth­ers to re­turn the next morn­ing to give him time to con­sider the re­quests.

On Thurs­day, Mr Pot­ter re­it­er­ated that an ac­cused per­son was “en­ti­tled to the pre­sump­tion of in­no­cence” and “en­ti­tled to lib­erty”.

He said the in­ves­ti­ga­tion could take up to two years to re­solve, which was a “long time for an in­di­vid­ual to be de­prived of any op­por­tu­nity to earn an in­come”.

He said the broth­ers had no prior records and granted per­mis­sion to re­turn to work but re­stricted to male pa­tients only.

Work will be lim­ited to their own prac­tices, which for Mauri­cio will be Monos de la Fierra Nat­u­ral Ther­apy, and for Ro­drigo will be Machi Nat­u­ral Ther­a­pies, with West Coast Nat­u­ral Ther­apy Clinic now closed.

Mauri­cio has pleaded not guilty to all 41 charges and will next ap­pear in Joon­dalup court on Novem­ber 12. Ro­drigo has not yet been re­quired to plea and will next ap­pear on Novem­ber 21.

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