Arrest warrant flagged in Perth court for tardy former MP Barry Urban

Premier Mark McGowan with former Darling Range MLA Barry Urban.
Premier Mark McGowan with former Darling Range MLA Barry Urban.

FORMER MP Barry Urban arrived late to Perth Magistrates Court this morning after the Magistrate threatened to issue a warrant for his arrest.

Mr Urban has faced court charged with 12 fraud offences, including giving false evidence before a parliamentary committee.

“I’m here, guys,” he told the waiting media pack outside court on Tuesday but refused to answer questions before his appearance in Perth Magistrates Court.

Inside, the charges were read to Urban and he acknowledged he understood them but was not required to enter pleas.

Urban was late to court and the magistrate had flagged issuing a warrant for his arrest but he arrived within half an hour so the order was not executed.

His lawyer Mark Andrews apologised for his “tardiness”, explaining that he thought the matter was listed for 10am rather than 9am.

Urban had his bail conditions tweaked so he could go to Perth Airport for work purposes but he has surrendered his passports.

His bail includes a $20,000 personal undertaking and surety.

The 49-year-old was charged last month with uttering a forged record, attempted fraud and forging a record related to information he allegedly provided during applications involving the WA Police Force.

He also faces charges of giving false evidence before a parliamentary committee.

Urban is due back in court on November 14.