Mur­der ac­cused makes brief ap­pear­ance

Southern Telegraph - - NEWS - Gabrielle Knowles

A Wel­lard man ac­cused of mur­der­ing a stranger had been in Gray­lands Hos­pi­tal just a day be­fore the in­ci­dent.

Jesse de Beaux, 23, was a vol­un­tary pa­tient at the Mt Clare­mont men­tal health fa­cil­ity but left the day be­fore he was ac­cused of killing Cara Hales on De­cem­ber 28, who was a stranger to him. It is un­clear how long he had been at the hos­pi­tal

Ques­tions have been raised about whether Mr de Beaux was ap­pro­pri­ately as­sessed as to whether he posed a risk to him­self or oth­ers af­ter he al­legedly forced his way into Ms Hales’ Hen­der­son Road house in Mun­ster and fa­tally stabbed her.

De Beaux made a brief ap­pear­ance in Perth Mag­is­trate’s Court on De­cem­ber 30, only speak­ing to say he un­der­stood the charge against him. He did not ap­ply for bail and was not re­quired to en­ter a plea, with the case ad­journed un­til later this month.

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