Man charged over as­sault

South Western Times - - News - Kate Field­ing

A 22-year-old Col­lie man who al­legedly “shat­tered” a woman’s jaw in an hor­rific rob­bery was on bail for sim­i­lar of­fences at the time of the in­ci­dent, a court has been told.

Sean Fisher ap­peared in Bun­bury Mag­is­trates Court on Tues­day af­ter Fre­man­tle de­tec­tives ar­rested him in Col­lie, a week af­ter the al­leged rob­bery in Cottes­loe.

Mr Fisher was charged with ag­gra­vated rob­bery and griev­ous bod­ily harm over the al­leged at­tack on a grand­mother hol­i­day­ing from Iran as she sat on a park bench near Cottes­loe Surf Life Sav­ing Club on Oc­to­ber 16.

The 59-year-old – who was in WA vis­it­ing fam­ily – was hav­ing a cof­fee and playing a game on her iPad when a man ap­proached and asked her for a cig­a­rette.

A short time af­ter re­fus­ing the man, the woman was as­saulted in what she de­scribed to po­lice as a heavy blow to the face.

As the woman lay un­con­scious, two al­leged at­tack­ers stole her bag, con­tain­ing her iPad, mo­bile phone and money, and ran.

The woman had her jaw bro­ken in two places and was forced to eat from a straw.

In court on Tues­day, po­lice pros­e­cu­tor Sgt Barry Phelps re­vealed Mr Fisher was al­legedly in­volved in an­other rob­bery three hours later at Warn­bro Train Sta­tion where a per­son was pushed to the ground and had a hand­bag stolen.

Mr Fisher is fac­ing a fur­ther rob­bery charge over that in­ci­dent.

Sgt Phelps said Mr Fisher was due to ap­pear in Col­lie Mag­is­trates Court the day af­ter be­ing ar­rested and ap­plied for that mat­ter be early listed along­side the new charges as it was “rel­e­vant to the over­all pic­ture” in op­pos­ing bail.

While no de­tails were read out re­gard­ing that in­ci­dent, Sgt Phelps made an ap­pli­ca­tion for the charge to be up­graded from an un­law­ful as­sault to un­law­ful as­sault oc­ca­sion­ing griev­ous bod­ily harm.

Sgt Phelps said the woman’s jaw was shat­tered in the first al­leged at­tack and due to the “very se­ri­ous” of­fences, bail was op­posed.

Mag­is­trate Belinda Cole­man con­firmed Mr Fisher was on bail at the time of the lat­est in­ci­dent.

With no le­gal rep­re­sen­ta­tion avail­able, Mr Fisher spoke only to say he wanted a re­mand to get le­gal ad­vice and that he had been re­port­ing to Col­lie po­lice ev­ery week day.

Mag­is­trate Cole­man told Mr Fisher it was im­por­tant he spoke to a lawyer be­cause of the se­ri­ous­ness of the charges.

The mat­ters were re­manded to Perth Mag­is­trates Court for a bail ap­pli­ca­tion on Fri­day.

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