Accused can work again
BROTHERS accused of sexually assaulting female patients while working at a naturopath clinic in Marmion are allowed to go back to work.
Former West Coast Natural Therapy Clinic owners Rodrigo Bascunan Cabrera (40) and Mauricio Bascunan Cabrera (36) appeared in Joondalup Magistrates Court on Wednesday to request their bail conditions be changed to allow them to practise again.
Mauricio, of Edgewater, first fronted court on 11 charges of unlawful and indecent assault and then again in August on another 28 counts of the same assault and two counts of sexual penetration without consent, allegedly committed between 2008 and 2017.
He was first allowed to continue practising while under supervision but after the second set of charges, was banned completely.
Rodrigo, of Palmyra, is facing four counts of sexual penetration without consent and four counts of unlawful and indecent assault, allegedly committed between 2012 and 2017, and was also banned from practising.
Appearing together on Wednesday, the brothers’ lawyers requested they be allowed to return to work because the families were experiencing financial difficulties.
They suggested their practice could be limited to male patients only, with all allegations relating to just female patients, meaning there would be no risk to men being treated.
The police prosecutor said they would oppose all changes to the bail conditions.
She said victims were still coming forward, with one being spoken to as recently as Monday.
Magistrate Deen Potter asked the brothers to return the next morning to give him time to consider the requests.
On Thursday, Mr Potter reiterated that an accused person was “entitled to the presumption of innocence” and “entitled to liberty”.
He said the investigation could take up to two years to resolve, which was a “long time for an individual to be deprived of any opportunity to earn an income”.
He said the brothers had no prior records and granted permission to return to work but restricted to male patients only.
Work will be limited to their own practices, which for Mauricio will be Monos de la Fierra Natural Therapy, and for Rodrigo will be Machi Natural Therapies, with West Coast Natural Therapy Clinic now closed.
Mauricio has pleaded not guilty to all 41 charges and will next appear in Joondalup court on November 12. Rodrigo has not yet been required to plea and will next appear on November 21.