Bail changed on safety issue
Three men awaiting trial for a serious assault on White Ribbon Day last year have had their bail conditions changed because their curfew was causing a safety issue.
William Burke, Joshua Farmer and Tristan Parremore are charged with aggravated assault occasioning bodily harm over an alleged incident on November 25.
Last week, defence lawyer David Walls, speaking via audio link, told Karratha Magistrate’s Court that police enforcement of a bail curfew condition was disrupting business at the trucking company where two of the accused work.
He said police knocking on doors and walking through the workers’ sleeping area to conduct curfew checks about midnight and 4am every day was interrupting the sleep of other truckies, who are legally required to have eight-hour sleep breaks so they can drive safely.
Mr Walls also told the court police had prohibited the three accused from attending a Rebels motorcycle gang clubhouse. He said the club had no connection with the alleged assault.
It is alleged the three men, with two others, beat up another man in his home over a domestic issue.
Magistrate Robert Young removed the curfew for all three and said there was no reason to stop them attending the clubhouse.