Bail granted to as­sault ac­cused

Wanneroo Times - - News - Mark Don­ald­son

A MAN ac­cused of in­de­cently as­sault­ing a 13-year-old girl af­ter ask­ing her to play underwater rugby with him at Craigie Leisure Cen­tre last month has been granted bail.

An­drew Joseph Bu­chold ap­peared via video link from Hakea Prison in Joon­dalup Mag­is­trates Court to­day on a charge of in­de­cently deal­ing with a child in cir­cum­stances of ag­gra­va­tion.

The 49-year-old man al­legedly ap­proached the girl in a pool and asked her to play rugby with him on Fe­bru­ary 13. He was ar­rested on March 9 and had re­mained in prison since.

His de­fence lawyer said his wife, who was in court, re­mained sup­port­ive of him.

She said while the charge was se­ri­ous, it was not so se­ri­ous that he should be held in cus­tody.

The police pros­e­cu­tor said there were con­cerns the al­leged of­fender would re­of­fend.

She al­leged he ex­hib­ited “strange be­hav­iour when it comes to wa­ter and young chil­dren”.

The court heard the man was a fruit and veg­etable worker at a su­per­mar­ket.

Mag­is­trate Deen Pot­ter granted bail un­der strict conditions, which pre­vented him from go­ing near the vic­tim and from go­ing within 100m of an aquatic cen­tre.

He was not al­lowed any un­su­per­vised con­tact with chil­dren aged un­der 16.

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