Court Hotel owner hits back against alleged syringe attack reports

The Court Hotel. Photo: Jessica Warriner
The Court Hotel. Photo: Jessica Warriner

THE Court Hotel owner Bree Maddox has hit back at reported claims of a syringe attack at the venue over the weekend.

One report was made to police about an alleged attack in Northbridge’s Universal Bar, with two more alleged incidents reported by media at The Court and near the WA Museum.

“We’ve been digging, and we have no evidence of anything happening here,” Ms Maddox said.

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“We don’t have a complainant, no one mentioned anything to our staff. As far as we can tell this didn’t happen, we would know about it.”

Ms Maddox said the venue released an update on social media this morning about the alleged incident, and said people had to feel safe going out.

“We don’t know how we’ve been brought into it,” she said.

“We’re a bit stuck, we can’t even release CCTV footage – we can’t watch 2000 people for 16 hours on around 60 cameras.”

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Universal Bar co-owner Trevor Candido told the Guardian Express yesterday that staff had helped the woman as much as possible and the alleged incident was being taken very seriously, with CCTV footage provided to police.

“We’re assisting police with the investigation, it’s ongoing,” he said.

A post on the bar’s Facebook page last night directed patrons to watch the Channel 9 news, which aired Universal’s CCTV footage and did not show signs of the alleged attack.