Rake assault accused narrowly granted bail
A young Roebourne man who allegedly assaulted two people with a rake in a brawl has narrowly been granted bail.
Michael Ken Wayne Woodley, 18, appeared in Karratha Magistrate’s Court via video link last week charged with grievous bodily harm and assault occasioning bodily harm over an alleged fight in Roebourne in December.
It is alleged that while taking part in the fight, Mr Woodley retrieved a metal rake from a yard and used it to hit a man and woman in the group.
The young woman, who was allegedly struck on the back of her head, was taken to Nickol Bay Hospital and later transferred to Perth with a fractured skull and bleeding on the brain.
Mr Woodley’s defence lawyer said his client was pleading not guilty to both charges.
He said he intended to argue his client had been coming to the aid of someone about to be killed.
Magistrate Edward De Vries said he was granting Mr Woodley bail “by the narrowest of margins”, based on his youth, limited record, social support and a likely long wait for trial. The bail is conditional on him staying out of Roebourne town other than to attend community correction programs.
Mr Woodley also pleaded guilty to three other charges of stealing, burglary and possessing cannabis and was fined a total of $1200.
His next court appearance will be on May 3.