Natur­opath faces new charge

Wanneroo Weekender - - Front Page - Tyler Brown

ONE of the broth­ers ac­cused of as­sault­ing fe­male pa­tients while work­ing at a Marmion natur­opath clinic is fac­ing a new charge.

For­mer West Coast Nat­u­ral Ther­apy Clinic coowner Ro­drigo An­dres Bas­cu­nan Cabr­era (40) ap­peared in Joon­dalup Mag­is­trates Court yes­ter­day, where it was re­vealed he is fac­ing a fifth charge of sex­ual pen­e­tra­tion with­out con­sent.

The Palmyra res­i­dent was in court to re­ceive a po­lice com­mit­tal men­tion date for his pre­vi­ous charges of four counts of sex­ual pen­e­tra­tion with­out con­sent and four counts of un­law­ful and in­de­cent as­sault, al­legedly com­mit­ted be­tween 2012 and 2017.

How­ever, Mr Bas­cu­nan Cabr­era’s lawyer said be­cause of the “sig­nif­i­cant dis­clo­sure” and that the al­le­ga­tion was “of a sim­i­lar na­ture”, he was seek­ing an ad­journ­ment to bring all charges in line.

He also re­quested the bail con­di­tions be var­ied to re­move the con­di­tion that re­quires Mr Bas­cu­nan Cabr­era to re­port to Fre­man­tle po­lice sta­tion twice a week.

But Mag­is­trate Gre­gory Benn said he was re­luc­tant be­cause he did not set the orig­i­nal bail con­di­tions.

He said Mr Bas­cu­nan Cabr­era was fac­ing “se­ri­ous al­le­ga­tions” and would need a sig­nif­i­cant rea­son to re­move the con­di­tion.

In­stead, his lawyer re­quested the con­di­tion be al­tered to al­low Mr Bas­cu­nan Cabr­era to re­port to the Rot­tnest po­lice sta­tion on two dates in Feb­ru­ary so he could go on a hol­i­day with his fam­ily.

Mr Benn agreed be­fore set­ting a new po­lice com­mit­tal men­tion date for Jan­u­ary 24 at Perth Mag­is­trates Court.

He said the other bail con­di­tions re­mained, in­clud­ing be­ing re­stricted to work on male pa­tients only and keep­ing a de­tailed record for all clients, and not con­tact­ing any pros­e­cu­tion wit­nesses or fe­male pa­tients other than via le­gal rep­re­sen­ta­tion. He said for the new charge, bail would be re­newed on the same terms, and his next ap­pear­ance would also be on Jan­u­ary 24.

Edge­wa­ter brother Mauri­cio Bas­cu­nan Cabr­era (36), who first fronted court on 11 charges of un­law­ful and in­de­cent as­sault and then again on an­other 28 counts of the same as­sault and two counts of sex­ual pen­e­tra­tion with­out con­sent, will next ap­pear in Perth Mag­is­trates Court on De­cem­ber 11.

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