Bail changed on safety is­sue

Pilbara News - - News - ■ Ali­cia Perera

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.

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